Marcos Maidana Stops A Game Jesus Soto Karass In Drama-Filled Slugfest
Who doesn’t love Argentine banger and all-round warrior Marcos Maidana? Well, aside from the passionate, in-the-mood-to-celebrate Mexican fans who roared on their countryman Jesus Soto Karass inside a half-full MGM Grand last night, almost every fight fan loves “El Chino.”
Excitement personified, the 29-year-old did it again in halting a game Karass via 8th-round TKO. Last night’s win, which improved Maidana to 32-3(29), was actually a must-win fight for the slugger from Carlos Monzon country, as Maidana had looked quite poor last time out, in losing a wide decision to the slick Devon Alexander in a fight that saw the former WBA 140-pound champ make the move up to welter. But that loss came against a classy boxer/mover – Maidana’s worst nightmare. Put “El Chino” in with a man who will stand and go to war with him, however, and Maidana has a shot of both winning and thrilling the crowd.
It’s not clear how long Maidana – who was last night somewhat dwarfed and pushed around as a result of his size disadvantage – can hang with the elite at 147 (can he still make 140?), but one thing is sure: it will be value for money all the way for as long as Maidana continues to rumble. Last night’s performance was typical Maidana: he fought hard, he fought dirty and he fought like a man obsessed with scoring the KO. Chucking bombs from the get-go, Maidana showed he does have power at 147. The right hand a formidable weapon against the determined Karass, Maidana’s left hand was also effective.
The two came to fight and then some, and the pro-Karass crowd had to appreciate the efforts of both men – and who, the excellent Kenny Bayless aside, didn’t get a kick out of all that after-the-bell nastiness! The question is, what next for Maidana? As entertaining as he is, the man from Buenos Aires will get more big fights, and further world title shots surely await. Reigning WBA welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi would prove a very interesting foe for Maidana, as would Amir Khan (in a rematch of that December 2010 classic) and, if he were to risk such a, well, risky comeback fight, Ricky Hatton.
Boxing Betting Lines: If you're looking for the best advice for boxing wagering, you've certainly come to the right place. Here at Bookmaker sportsbook, we're previewing the welterweight boxing bout between Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karass on September 15th, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Showtime.
Boxing Betting Online: Marcos Maidana will relinquish his junior welterweight title because he is having trouble getting below the 140-pound threshold. Maidana will instead fight in his second straight welterweight bout when he faces off with Jesus Soto Karass on September 15th, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Showtime in boxing wagering.
Maidana’s initial foray into the welterweight class did not go well when he lost a unanimous decision to Devon Alexander on February 25th, 2012. It was just the third loss of his career in 34 fights. Maidana has 28 knockouts, including one of Victor Ortiz on June 27th, 2009 to claim the interim WBA lightweight title. He defended it twice before losing to Amir Khan by unanimous decision on December 11th, 2010. Maidana rebounded with a victory over Erik Morales for the interim title again, and then retained his welterweight belt by knocking out Petr Petrov preceding the loss to Alexander. Maidana didn’t feel comfortable in the welterweight division the first time out and would like to move down, so it will be interesting to see how he does against Karass.
Jesus Soto Karass has a career record of 26-7-3 with 17 knockouts. Soto Karass nearly defeated Mike Jones on November 13th, 2010, but was handled easily in a rematch. He was on a four-botu losing streak recently but has rebounded to defeat Said El Harrak and Euri Gonzalez.
Even though Marcos Maidana doesn’t feel comfortable at this weight, he still has more skill than Karass and should be the favorite to win this fight in boxing wagering.
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