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Maidana resting at home after car accident



The passenger in a car accident on Sunday in his native Argentina, welterweight contender Marcos Maidana is resting at his home in Villa Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, after having been treated and released from a hospital in Reconquista, Santa Fe, Argentina, his manager, Sebastian Contursi, told on Monday.

Maidana suffered chest trauma as passenger in an Audi that was driven by friend and amateur boxer, Jacinto Baigorria, who was uninjured in the accident.

“He was released from the hospital after MRIs and X rays and all kinds of examinations that were performed on him. I was with him about 30 minutes ago. He’s resting. He’s definitely resting,” said Contursi, who lives in Buenos Aires while Maidana lives in Santa Fe.

“I just drove six hours to say hello. I stopped by his house to say hello to him. I was with him for about 10 minutes. He’s definitely in some pain, of course, because it was a big blow but nothing more than that, gratefully. So everything was fine. He’s resting, of course, but, hopefully, after three or four days, he’ll be in 100 percent shape and ready to go. Tomorrow, I will return to Marcos’ home.”

Maidana (33-3, 30 knockouts) scored his third straight stoppage victory with a sixth-round knockout against Josesito Lopez last month, having last suffered defeat in his 147-pound debut in February of last year to current IBF beltholder Devon Alexander.

Since falling to Alexander, Maidana has been trained by Robert Garcia, who has guided the careers of Nonito Donaire, Mikey Garcia, and Brandon Rios, among others.

Maidana is the mandatory challenger to newly-crowned WBA 147-pound beltholder Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KOs), who is coming off last month’s unanimous decision that dethroned Paulie Malignaggi for his current title.

Contursi was ringside for Broner-Malignaggi at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and said he made it clear to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and to Broner’s advisor, Al Haymon, that Maidana wants Broner next.

Contursi said he met separately with Schaefer and Haymon in New York, where the two of them were preparing for a June 24 Monday press conference at Times Square to begin promoting the Sept. 14 clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

“I was in New York for the Broner-Malignaggi fight, and on Monday (at the Times Sqaure press for the Mayweather-Canelo promotion), I had a meeting with Richard Schaefer, and I met Al Haymon. We definitely informed them that we want Broner, but we didn’t start any official negotiations. We’re just waiting to see what happens. I met with them separately,” said Contursi.

“My understanding is Golden Boy Promotions definitely wants that fight, and Al was telling me that they need to meet with Broner’s camp, and have discussions about it. Maidana is the mandatory challenger for Broner, that’s for sure, because I also met with [WBA President] Gilberto Mendoza as well. We let him know that we don’t want to wait. We want the champion. Either we wanted Malignaggi or Broner. Broner won, so we’re going to have to face Broner.”

Photos / Naoki Fukuda

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