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Thurman: I'd Love To Face Marcos Maidana For The Fans!

By Edward Chaykovsky

WBA 'regular' welterweight champion Keith 'One Time' Thurman (29-0, 26KOs) is looking for a major fight in the fall, and one opponent he would love to face is the former beltholder Marcos 'El Chino' Maidana (35-5, 31KOs).

The two boxers were at one time scheduled to face each other a few years ago on HBO, but Maidana decided to take a pass on the fight.

Maidana has been inactive since fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. twice in 2014. During his long layoff, he put on quite a bit of weight and it's going to be several weeks of hard training just to slide it off. Maidana is interested in coming back in the fall but it depends on his physical condition after getting back in the gym for a few weeks.

Thurman on the other hand has stayed active, fighting three times since Maidana's absence from the ring.

If Thurman is unable to get Maidana in the ring, there are several other possible options that he's open to.

"I almost feel like it changes every year. In boxing things shift so rapidly but I’ve already told the fans that I would love to face Marcos Maidana, I would love to have that fight for the fans. He’s another power puncher, has good experience, fought Mayweather twice. Outside of him, there’s Kell Brook, there’s Amir Khan, there’s Shawn Porter," Thurman told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

"I think there are a lot of great fights in the welterweight division. I really don’t have my eyes set on nothing special and I don’t really dream about fights anymore, I just take them as they come. I’m gonna be here for a long time and I think in due time I’m gonna get everything that I want out of the welterweight division, but we just have to take our time. We have to fight one fight at a time and I’m really looking forward to the next one, I’m hoping to make something good happen."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by robbyheartbaby on 08-24-2015

Quit ducking Porter & Khan Thurman damn son! Porter has recently he wants a fight with Thurman, and has made that clear, Maidana is damaged goods and needs at least one tune up before facing the elite again.

Comment by -Kev- on 08-24-2015

Damn Thurman getting bodied in this thread, by fans. He's catching heat for no reason. The guy is a true fighter. By fighters though, even Kovalev mentioned him as one of the only 4 real fighters in boxing right now.…

Comment by danceswithfire on 08-24-2015

Thurman better not be asking maidana to wear pillow gloves like he's been forced to do in the past, that'd be very cowardly

Comment by KnickTillDeaTh on 08-24-2015

[QUOTE=ramplamp;15990643]Chances are it's not Keith or Shawn's fault, it's Al's. He doesn't want to pair them up because he wants Keith to keep winning. Obviously he doesn't care as much about Shawn, or see as much $ making potential in…

Comment by Alx. on 08-24-2015

This would be a good fight

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