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Maidana: He knows I beat him

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After his hard-fought victory last Saturday against Erik Morales, newly crowned WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana returned to his native Argentina, where he was received like a hero by his fans. On Wednesday afternoon, Maidana spoke before 120-plus boxing writers in attendance where he gave some thoughts on the fight against Morales and his future.

“I cannot be happier to be world champ again,” said Maidana. “Me and my team were the first one to know and say that Morales would be a tough foe. We repeated that all during training camp to every writer. He gave me such a tough fight, but I am the champion. It was a close fight and but think I won it in the last two rounds. And I guess boxing fans can be happy with this kind of fight. Like I said in the ring after the fight, if he wants the rematch, I’ll give it to him anytime. He deserves it.”

“What I didn’t like about Morales is him calling me a dirty fighter. I know he says some things for the business but he knows I won the fight, a close one, but he knows I beat him,” El Chino added.

Maidana’s advisor Sebastian Contursi addressed Maidana’s critics.

“Boxing is sometimes self-destructive. How can anyone not like a fight like Maidana vs. Morales? Where are those who repeatedly asked Maidana how he felt about possibly killing Morales in the ring? They owe an apology to Morales. Not because Maidana was overrated but because Morales is a living legend capable of everything. On the other hand, there are boxing journalists who have never been at a boxing gym, let alone have any idea of what a training camp and the circumstances that surround it are; out of nowhere they give opinions like they are the bigger authority,” Contursi said.

“Some clueless Argintinian announcers say things that make you think they should look for an office job instead. Some of them said Maidana underestimated Morales. Didn’t they read all Maidana’s quotes during the last two months? Or those who said Maidana did not train properly for this fight; if Maidana hadn’t trained fully for this bout, he would not have been able to close the show like he did, in great fashion!,” added Contursi.

In regard to his future, Maidana said: “I wish I can fight in Argentina next, maybe July or August. We have great support here and they are interested in it. I’m proud of the WBA belt I carry and want to defend it before my fellow countrymen.”

“We have yet to seat and talk with the Golden Boy Promotions’ people, who have been great to us. It would be great to have Maidana fighting before 25,000 people with Oscar de la Hoya among the attendees. We’ll propose that. And then, if Morales is still willing a rematch, Maidana will give it to him, even in Mexico,” stated Contursi.




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