Marcos Maidana says pressure is his key against Josesito Lopez
Jun 06 2013 12:50 AM
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Marcos Maidana is the current WBA International Welterweight champion. He has a record of 33-3 with 30 knockouts. Let's take a look at the career of this fighter who was born in Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina.

Maidana is nicknamed El Chino. He stands five foot seven and is 29 years old. He was a great amateur champion in Argentina as he was the national champ in 2002 and 2003. He just missed out on making the Olympics in 2004 as he lost to Rock Allen in the final qualifying tournament. Maidana turned pro in 2004 and began his career with a first round knockout of Adan Mironchik. His first seven wins were all knockouts, six of which came in the first round.

Maidana won his first pro title in 2006 as he defeated Miguel Callist for the WBA Fedelatin title. He took a 25-0 record into a WBA title bout against Andriy Kotelnik but Maidana lost a split decision. Maidana got another shot at the WBA title when he took on Victor Ortiz in 2009 and this time it was Maidana getting the win. He defended that title three times and took a 29-1 record into a bout against Amir Khan but he lost that fight in a 12-round decision. That fight was so good that it won the Boxing Writers Association of America Award for fight of the year in 2011.

Maidana bounced back from the loss to Khan to win the interim WBA light welterweight title against Erik Morales and he defended that title by beating Petr Petrov. He then dropped a non-title fight to Devon Alexander in 2012. Later that year he defeated Jesus Soto Karass to win the WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title and he defeated Angel Martinez late in 2012 to win the WBA International Welterweight title.

Maidana will defend that title on Saturday, June 8th in a bout against Josesito Lopez.

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