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Amir Khan vs Josesito Lopez not happening, Soto and Maidana enter discussions

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A potential April fight between Amir Khan and Josesito Lopez is off the table, with Humberto Soto and Marcos Maidana, respectively, potentially waiting in the wings.

Clive Brunskill

Josesito Lopez was discussed as a possible next opponent for Amir Khan almost as soon as Khan was done disposing of Carlos Molina in December (actually, even before the fight), but the fight isn't going to happen, as BoxingScene.com reports that Lopez was unwilling to go below a 145-pound catchweight, with Khan not willing to go that high.

That might put Humberto Soto back in the lead to land the fight with Khan (27-3, 19 KO), which is a fight that hasn't been met with much enthusiasm by fans, media, or reportedly by Showtime, who have a multi-fight deal with Khan. Soto (60-8-2, 34 KO) scored a 12-round decision win over journeyman Silverio Ortiz this past Saturday, but was last seen by most getting wrecked by Lucas Matthysse in June 2012.

As for Lopez (30-5, 18 KO), he and Marcos Maidana are both interested in a potential fight with one another at welterweight, according to the BoxingScene.com report. Maidana (33-3, 30 KO) has won two straight since losing pretty badly to Devon Alexander, including a wicked brawl in September against Jesus Soto Karass. That same night was the last time Lopez was seen in the ring, when he was predictably overpowered by Canelo Alvarez.