Marcos Maidana has verbally agreed to an August 27 fight with Robert Guerrero, but is waiting on a WBA decision on titlist Amir Khan before signing the contract officially.
A rematch between WBA junior welterweight titlist Khan and Maidana was mandated by the WBA, with September 11 being the deadline to agree to a fight. Khan recently signed a July 23 fight with Zab Judah, which threw a wrench into those matters.
I asked Maidana's manager, Sebastian Contursi, if Maidana would wait for Khan, or if they would petition the WBA to strip Khan of his title belt.
"We have firmly ratified to both the WBA and Golden Boy Promotions that Marcos Maidana is 100% willing to meet his obligation as per WBA rules to face Amir Khan in a rematch before September 11, 2011," Contursi told me.
"However, Khan has officially announced through a press conference that he will, instead, face Zab Judah next July 23rd, openly violating what the WBA has mandated. Mr. Khan has also publicly said that he has no intentions to face Maidana in a rematch.
"That being the case, Team Maidana has no other option but to request the WBA to strip Mr. Khan of his title and give it to Mr. Maidana.
"In the light of Mr. Khan's decision, we have been offered a fight against Guerrero, which we have verbally agreed. However, we cannot sign the contracts before hearing the WBA's final ruling of the Khan's mandatory situation."
Hopefully the situation will be sorted soon, because boxing fans have expressed almost universal praise of the Guerrero vs Maidana fight.