By Lem Satterfield
It appears that newly-crowned southpaw WBO and WBC interim lightweight king, Robert Guerrero, is on the verge of facing former interim WBC junior welterweight titlist Marcos Rene Maidana on Aug. 27, in San Jose, Calif., in accordance with ongoing negotiations and according to a report citing Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer.
RingTV.com editor Michael Rosenthal has reported that the 28-year-old Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 knockouts) could face the 27-year-old Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs) of Argentina not far from Guerrero's hometown of Gilroy, Calif.
Guerrero is coming off of an April 9, victory over Australia's hard-punching Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) that earned Guerrero his fourth, and, fifth career title belts over his third weight class.
Both Guerrero and Maidana have been considerations for 34-year-old, three-time world champion, Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs), of Tijuana, Mex., who is coming off of an April 9 majority decision loss to Maidana.
“We’ll see if we can finalize it," Schaefer told Rosenthal. "We’re working on it.”
Morales also had been considered for a potential fourth bout against Mexico City's 37-year-old, five-time, three-division champion, Marco Antonio Barrera (67-7, 44 KOs), who has won two of their three historic clashes.
Guerrero is popular like his Bay Area compatriots, WBO and WBC bantamweight king Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) of San Leandro, Calif., and WBA light heavweight titlist Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland.
The three fighters were friends who competed on the same amateur teams and have strong followings in the Bay Area.
In addition, if the NFL's lockout continues, the fight's promotion could captitalize on fans of the San Franciso 49ers and the Oakland Raiders who may still be looking for a sports fix.