Former WBC/IBF junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander and fellow 140-pound contneder Marcos Maidana have agreed to a welterweight fight that is being targeted for January or February, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
“Both fighters, Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana, have agreed to fight,” Schaefer said of the bout, which he believes will take place “most likely in the January or Feburary time frame.”
“I am currently working on the date and the network to get that done. It’s another toe-to-toe battle, so it’s the kind of fight that we want to do. We just want to do great fights.”
The hard-hitting, 28-year-old Maidana (31-2, 27 KOs) is coming off fourth-round knockout of Peter Petrov (29-3-1, 13 KOs) in September, his second straight win since rising from a first-round knockdown during a unanimous decision loss to RING No. 1-rated WBA/IBF junior welterweight beltholder Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) last December.
The 24-year-old Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) lost his WBC junior welterweight belt following an 11th-round technical decision loss to Tim Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) in January, but bounced back with a 10-round decision win over hard-hitting RING No. 5-rated junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) of Argentina in June.
Prior to facing Bradley, Alexander struggled through a decision over former titleholder Andriy Kotelnik in August of 2009, and claimed that extreme weight loss contributed to what he considers to have been less-than-stellar efforts against Kotelnik, Bradley and Matthysse.
Kotelnik scored a split-decision victory over Maidana in Febraury of 2007.
“The fight has been proposed to us, and we have agreed. As long as the terms and everything are right, then we will agree to and would accept the Maidana fight,” said Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham.
“If the fight does happen, the fans can expect an all-out war, because there won’t be a whole lot of boxing and moving from Devon.”
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