Maidana in 2009
|Real name||Marcos René Maidana|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
July 17, 1983 |
Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina
|Wins by KO||31|
Marcos René Maidana (born 17 July 1983) is an Argentine professional boxer. He currently has a professional record of 34–3, with his only professional losses coming against Andreas Kotelnik, Amir Khan and Devon Alexander, all by decision.
On February 2, 2009, Andreas Kotelnik beat Maidana via split decision, with the judges scoring the fight 115-114, 113-115, 115-113 in Kotelnik's favour.
Maidana's first fight in the United States was against Mexican-American Victor Ortíz, that took place on June 27, 2009. Maidana was knocked down three times within the first two rounds, but rallied and came back to beat Ortiz for the interim WBA super lightweight title with a sixth-round TKO victory.
After his fight with Ortiz, it was rumoured that Maidana would face British boxer, and WBA super lightweight champion, Amir Khan, who won the title after defeating Andreas Kotelnik. However, Khan opted for Paulie Malignaggi as his next opponent. As a result, Maidana was scheduled to fight undefeated Victor Manuel Cayo, whose record, at that time, included 16 knockouts from 24 wins on March 27, 2010. Maidana knocked out the undefeated Victor Cayo in the sixth round to retain his interim WBA super lightweight title.
Proposed fight with Timothy Bradley
On April 13, 2010, ESPN revealed that Maidana's June 19 title bout against undefeated WBO junior welterwight champion Timothy Bradley has been postponed due to a back injury suffered by Maidana. Bradley's co-promoter Gary Shaw revealed in the article that the "fight will be postponed for about a month".
On May 3, ESPN revealed Maidana had pulled out of the fight yet again, still citing his back as the problem. The fight had already been rescheduled from June 19 to July 17, and Gary Shaw has said he hopes HBO will keep Bradley on July 17, even against a different opponent. Subsequently, Bradley went on to face, and beat, Luis Carlos Abregu on July 17.
On August 30 BoxingScene.com published an online interview with Maidana's former promoter Mario Margossian, in which Margossian stated that Maidana's failure to fight Bradley was not hampered by an alleged back injured, but was due to the fact "[Maidana] was afraid to be defeated by Bradley." The interview continued to document how Margossian felt Maidana had "betrayed" him in his decision not to take the fight against Bradley.
However, in an earlier online article, Maidana cites a managerial dispute with Margossian as the reason for the Bradley fight not happening. Maidana claimed that Margossian attempted to defraud him by signing Maidana to fight Bradley without Maidana's consent and without full disclosure of the financial terms offered by Golden Boy Promotions. In subsequent interviews, Maidana again stated that negotiations for the Bradley fight had taken place without his knowledge.
After failing to secure the fight with Bradley, Maidana's camp announced that he would face American and former-WBO junior welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley, on August 28, 2010 at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Speaking at the press conference on August 25, Maidana said he that he was "ready for a war" with the American.
On August 28, Maidana recorded a hard-fought victory over Corley. Despite knocking Corley down in the 7th round, Maidana had to go the distance for only the third time in his career, eventually securing victory via unanimous decision (117-110, 117-110, 115-112).
Emerging rivalry with Amir Khan
Building on speculation that had begun to surface before his fight with Corley, several sources began naming Amir Khan as Maidana's next opponent with a tentative date - December 11 - set for the fight. Maidana had gone on record before his fight with Corley accusing both Khan and trainer Freddie Roach of "hypocrisy" and openly called out Khan in an interview:
|“||The other day Freddie Roach said Amir Khan would easily ride Bradley, Alexander and myself in the same night. I say they can start trying me first and they will not have to worry about the other two as I'll go all night. Stop looking for possible opponents for Khan next December 11 in England. Stop looking for lightweight boxers and face the real Donald Duck. I'll go to Khan's home soil to take the other portion of the WBA title, which belongs to me.... They say they want me next when the cameras and mics are on. But when it comes to make the fight for real Roach begs Golden Boy Promotions to keep Khan away from me.||”|
Khan responded to Maidana via his official Twitter site expressing his hope that "Golden Boy can get the fight in the UK [on] December 11th". On September 15, ESPN revealed that both fighters had agreed to a dance off - that the two would face each other on December 11 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
Khan dominated the fight early and knocked down Maidana in the 1st round with a left hook to the liver, but had to withstand a furious barrage by Maidana in round 10, and continually back up during rounds 11 and 12. Maidana was unable to finish Khan however, who went on to win the fight by unanimous decision. The fight was awarded the Boxing Writers Association of America Award for Fight of the Year.
Erik Morales vs. Marcos Maidana
In the first round against Erik Morales, Maidana came out with ferocity as expected and proceeded to batter his older opponent around the ring. He landed multiple power punches, including an uppercut that opened a huge swelling over Morales' left eye which worsened over the course of the fight, and when the Mexican walked back to his corner having taken a large amount of punishment in the opening three minutes most observers felt their predictions were being fulfilled. The one-sided nature of the bout continued for the next couple of rounds, but then at the end of the third round Morales begin to fight back and landed a hard combination to the head of Maidana and the tide began to turn.
From the fourth round onwards and although he was effectively fighting with one eye, Morales gave as good as he got and was landing the cleaner more effective shots, albeit occasionally being swarmed by the sheer number of punches being landed in return by the relentless Maidana. The fight became a see-saw affair and then, in the eighth round, Morales hit Maidana with a huge left hook that almost stopped the Argentinian. The next couple of rounds continued in this fashion, with Maidana using his strength and stamina to bully Morales and the Mexican using his sharper punching and ring intelligence to land effective counters and combinations. The fight was fast turning into a modern classic.
In the "championship rounds" (the eleventh and twelfth), Morales seemed to tire and Maidana took advantage, overwhelming him with his strength and punishing the ageing warrior continually to the head and body. Maidana finished the fight much the stronger of the two and his late surge gave him the win on the scorecards, 116-112 twice with the third judge scoring the fight a draw, 114-114.
Maidana was scheduled to defend his title Aug. 27 against Robert Guerrero, but Guerrero suffered a shoulder injury less than two weeks before the fight. So Maidana's camp organized a fight with Petr Petrov of Russia Sept. 23.
On February 25, 2012 Maidana moved up to welterweight and fought Devon Alexander who was also moving up in weight. Maidana clearly seemed uncomfortable at this weight as Alexander dominated the fight and went on to win a lopsided unanimous decision. In the post fight interview Maidana admitted he was not comfortable fighting at welterweight and will most likely be moving back down in the future, as he said he couldn't fight the way he wanted to, which is what he said acquires the reason for his loss to Alexander. Alexander was later criticized by some of occasionally fighting illegally at some points during the fight.
Maidana then fought Jesus Soto Karass on September 15, 2012. He won the fight by TKO in the eight round to earn the thirty-second victory of his professional boxing career.
Maidana then fought the widely-unknown Angel Martinez on December 12, 2012. Maidana won the fight by TKO in the third round.
On June 30, 2013, Marcos Maidana was in a car accident while travelling at 120 km/h along Route 11, near his hometown Margarita. Maidana was in the passenger seat while his friend and amateur boxer Jacinto Baigorria was driving. They crashed against a pickup truck. Maidana's Chevrolet Meriva was heavily damaged. Maidana suffered a big blow in his chest and was taken to the hospital.
He never lost consciousness, but had severe pain in the chest area, probably as a result of the safety-belt that he was wearing at the time of the crash. After several medical tests, Hospital director confirmed that Maidana had suffered no serious injuries.  
Professional boxing record
|34 Wins (31 knockouts, 3 decisions), 3 Losses (3 decisions), 0 Draws|
|N/A||N/A||Adrien Broner||N/A||- (12)||2013-12-14||The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||For WBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||34–3||Josésito López||TKO||6 (12), 1:18||2013-06-08||Home Depot Center, Carson, California||Retained WBA International Welterweight title.|
|Win||33–3||Ángel Martínez||KO||3 (12), 1:21||2012-12-12||Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires||Retained WBA International Welterweight title.|
|Win||32–3||Jesús Soto Karass||TKO||8 (12), 0:43||2012-09-15||MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title.|
|Loss||31–3||Devon Alexander||UD||10||2012-02-25||Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri|
|Win||31–2||Petr Petrov||KO||4 (12), 2:44||2011-09-23||Sociedad Alemana, Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires||Retained WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||30–2||Érik Morales||MD||12||2011-04-09||MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Loss||29–2||Amir Khan||UD||12||2010-12-11||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas||For WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||29–1||DeMarcus Corley||UD||12||2010-08-28||Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires||Retained Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||28–1||Victor Manuel Cayo||KO||6 (12), 1:38||2010-03-27||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||27–1||William Gonzalez||KO||3 (12), 2:20||2009-11-21||Club Deportivo Libertad, Sunchales, Santa Fe||Retained Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||26–1||Victor Ortiz||TKO||6 (12), 0:46||2009-06-27||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||Won Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Loss||25–1||Andriy Kotelnik||SD||12||2009-02-07||Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||For WBA Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Silverio Ortiz||KO||2 (8), 2:04||2008-11-01||König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen|
|Win||24–0||Juan Carlos Rodriguez||KO||7 (10), 2:35||2008-08-29||Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen|
|Win||23–0||Esmeraldo José Da Silva||TKO||2 (10), 2:34||2008-07-11||Club Deportivo Libertad, Sunchales, Santa Fe|
|Win||22–0||Arturo Morua||TKO||3 (10), 1:36||2008-04-19||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt|
|Win||21–0||Manuel Garnica||KO||8 (10), 0:48||2007-12-07||Sporthalle Hamburg, Hamburg|
|Win||20–0||Jairo Moura dos Santos||TKO||2 (8), 0:28||2007-08-16||Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panamá|
|Win||19–0||Laszlo Komjathi||TKO||3 (8), 0:37||2007-06-30||Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg|
|Win||18–0||Miguel Callist||TKO||3 (12), 2:59||2006-12-22||Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires||Won WBA Fedelatin Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||17–0||José Herley Zúñiga Montaño||KO||1 (10), 2:13||2006-09-23||Club Regatas, Santa Fe, Santa Fe|
|Win||16–0||Ariel Gerardo Aparicio||TKO||1 (10), 2:58||2006-07-15||Unidad Funcional Pueblo Chico, Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires|
|Win||15–0||Luis Gustavo Sosa||KO||1 (10), 2:59||2006-05-20||Centro Municipal Nº 29, Santa Fe, Santa Fe|
|Win||14–0||Omar Leon||KO||1 (6), 0:21||2006-04-22||Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires|
|Win||13–0||Sergio Javier Benítez||KO||3 (10), 2:20||2006-02-11||Club Sportivo America, Rosario, Santa Fe|
|Win||12–0||Rubén Darío Oliva||KO||2 (10), 2:20||2005-11-26||Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires|
|Win||11–0||Marcelo Martin Miranda||TKO||3 (10), 0:44||2005-10-01||Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires|
|Win||10–0||Daniel Benito Carriqueo||UD||6||2005-08-06||Estadio Ruca Che, Neuquén, Neuquén|
|Win||9–0||Sergio Javier Benítez||TKO||3 (6), 1:45||2005-06-18||Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires|
|Win||8–0||Omar Leon||TKO||4 (10), 1:50||2005-05-07||Estadio Virgen de Lujan, Centenario, Neuquén|
|Win||7–0||Avelino Virgilio Silveira||KO||1 (6), 1:03||2005-03-26||Sociedad Alemana de Gimnasia, Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires|
|Win||6–0||Adolfo Espinoza||TKO||1 (6), 3:00||2005-01-29||Quilmes Atlético Club, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires|
|Win||5–0||Francisco Humberto Sanabria||RTD||1 (4), 2:13||2004-12-18||Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires|
|Win||4–0||Ramon Alberto Marquez||TKO||1 (4), 1:02||2004-10-23||Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires|
|Win||3–0||Cristian Pablo Gastón Ruiz||RTD||2 (6),1:53||2004-09-04||Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires|
|Win||2–0||Germán Omar Jesús Sánchez||TKO||1 (4), 1:50||2004-07-24||lub Sportivo America, Rosario, Santa Fe|
|Win||1–0||Adán Basilio Mironchik||KO||1 (4), 0:50||2004-06-12||Regatas Corrientes, Corrientes, Corrientes||Professional debut.|
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Title last held byRandall Bailey
|WBA Super Lightweight Champion
June 27, 2009 – December 11, 2010
Lost bid for undisputed WBA title
Title next held byMarcos René Maidana
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April 9, 2011 – July 23, 2011
Title next held byJohan Pérez
|WBA Super Lightweight Champion
July 23, 2011 – July 16, 2012
Title next held byKhabib Allakhverdiyev