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Khan, Maidana agree to fight on Dec. 11


Well, one highly anticipated fight at 140 pounds is a done deal.

Amir Khan, ranked No. 2 by THE RING, will fight No. 4 Marcos Maidana on Dec. 11, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said Wednesday. The fight, for Khan’s sanctioning-body belt, probably will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, although that hasn’t been finalized.

Khan and Maidana had hit an impasse in negotiations, prompting Maidana to ask the WBA for a purse bid and it was granted. However, the agreement makes purse bid unnecessary.

“The issues were where the fight was going to be held, in the UK or U.S., and how the money was going to be split,” Schaefer said. “Amir felt he was entitled to a certain amount of money; Maidana felt he was entitled to a certain amount of money. Those opinions were pretty far apart, prompting Maidana to ask for a purse bid.

“Obviously, with the purse bid scheduled for next week [Sept. 21], negotiations intensified. Sometime late [Tuesday night] we were able to get everybody on the same page.”

Khan (23-1, 17 knockouts) will be making his third defense of the junior welterweight title he took from Andreas Kotelnik last year. Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) lost the title to Kotelnik five months before Khan won it.

Two more top 140-pounders, No. 1 Timothy Bradley and No. 3 Devon Alexander, are negotiating to fight on Jan. 29.