Posted 12:00 AM | Feb 2, 2012
|Weight Class:||Junior Welterweight|
31 Wins | 3 Losses | 28 KOs
|Hometown:||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Birthdate:||July 17, 1983|
A devastating puncher with a take no prisoners style in the ring, WBA junior welterweight champion Marcos Maidana has certainly made his mark on the world boxing scene.
The Argentine national amateur champion in 2002 and 2003, as well as a quarterfinalist at the 2003 World Championships, Maidana finished off his amateur career after just missing the 2004 Olympics by losing a close decision to eventual US Olympian Rock Allen in the final qualifying tournament.
Knowing that his fighting style was tailor-made for the pro game, Maidana entered the punch for pay ranks on June 12, 2004 with a first round knockout of Adan Mironchik. And in his early days, it was clear that Maidana didn't care to stick around in the ring too long, as his first seven victories (all knockouts) saw him end six of those fights in the opening round.
It wasn't until August of 2005 that the precocious Maidana was finally extended the six round distance in a fight (by Daniel Carriqueo), but since then, all his victories have come by knockout, 14 of them in three rounds or less.
On December 22, 2006, Maidana earned his first pro title when he halted respected contender Miguel Callist in three rounds to take the WBA Fedelatin title. The bout also served as a WBA title elimination bout, but the Argentinean knockout artist was avoided until February of 2009, when the 25-0 battler finally got his shot against Andriy Kotelnik. Unfortunately for Maidana, what many saw as a clear victory in Kotelnik's adopted home country of Germany turned into a split decision win for the champion, who retained his belt.
But Maidana got his second shot at the belt when he battled hot prospect Victor Ortiz for the interim title on June 27, 2009, and this time, the Argentinean brought his fists as the judges in his United States debut, as he rose from three knockdowns to drop Ortiz twice en route to a sixth round TKO victory. This Fight of the Year candidate not only earned Maidana the interim WBA title, it made him an instant star among diehard fight fans.
On November 21, 2009, Maidana was back in action and back in fearsome form as he halted William Gonzalez in just three rounds, and in 2010 he continued to impress with a devastating sixth round knockout of highly regarded Victor Manuel Cayo in March and a 12 round decision win over former world champion DeMarcus Corley in August. But a biggest challenge still awaited him, and on December 11th he faced off against talented Amir Khan in one of the most highly-anticipated showdowns of 2010. And unlike many bouts of this nature, Khan-Maidana lived up to the hype as both warriors battled it out for 12 torrid rounds. When it was over, a late surge from Maidana wasn't enough for him to pull out the victory, as Khan earned a 12 round decision win, but the bout earned recognition from the Boxing Writers Association of America as the 2010 Fight of the Year.
With this momentum on his side, Maidana put together another Fight of the Year candidate, this time on April 9, 2011, when he won the vacant WBA junior welterweight title with a stirring 12 round majority decision win over the legendary Erik Morales. The victory solidified Maidana's place in the boxing hierarchy, and after ending the year in September with a homecoming fourth round knockout of Petr Petrov.
Maidana began 2012 by losing in a unanimous 10-round decision against technical wizard Devon Alexander.
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