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Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana Match Is Almost Done

Marcos Maidana was able to impose his will on the faster Amir Khan at times. Can he do the same thing with Devon Alexander?  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Marcos Maidana was able to impose his will on the faster Amir Khan at times. Can he do the same thing with Devon Alexander? (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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According to Ryan Burton of Boxing Scene, Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana have agreed to get it on. This fight would not take place at junior welterweight, where both combatants have collected trinkets, but at the welterweight limit of 147. For those who do not know, Alexander left Don King and signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy in September. Since both fighters are now under the Golden Boy banner, I would assume that this fight could get done easily. It seems that Golden Boy is targeting either January or February and both HBO and Showtime have shown interest in airing this fight.

I think this is an interesting fight for both fighters, especially in light of each fighter's last three fights. Alexander's last three opponents include Lucas Matthysse, Andriy Kotelnik, and Timothy Bradley. Each of these fighters is a top-level opponent at the 140 lb. limit, and Alexander should be commended for taking on tough competition. However, there is a fairly good argument that Alexander actually lost all of these fights even though the official record only has the one loss to Bradley. In the two other fights, Alexander's high work rate carried him on the cards with his opponents arguably landing the more effective punches in most rounds. In the controversial fights Bad Left Hook scored it 97-92 for Matthysse and 117-111 for Kotelnik, wide scores for the underdogs. It could be argued that Scott simply has something against Alexander, but I do think Alexander truly lost these fights.

Maidana's last three fights have been against Amir Khan, Erik Morales, and a stay-busy fight against Petr Petrov. Maidana lost a close fight with Khan where it looked like Maidana was going to get KO'd early from a vicious body shot, then rallied to almost get a stoppage win in the 10th round. His fight with Morales was pretty close but most thought that Maidana did just enough to win the fight. Morales did reveal a couple of character flaws during this fight. Maidana was made to look slow and one-dimensional. Morales was able to effectively counter Maidana not by being faster but by timing Maidana's punches. Also Maidana's poor footwork was fully on display in this fight.

So this potential fight features two fighters desperate to rebuild their images on the big stage. Can the quick and powerful Alexander dance around Maidana and do some damage to the body? Can the unstoppable force of Maidana that got up from that vicious Khan body shot be able to will himself to victory? How will each fighter deal with the extra weight and will they be able to challenge the big two? All of these questions will hopefully get answered in a great fight. The biggest question is are you excited about this fight? I mean "wHo R u pIcKiNg?!?!?!?!"

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