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You know the feeling when you train for days and days and then your fight gets cancelled, so you just want to get in the ring and throw punches at someone, anyone? I don't have first hand experience with this, but WBA Light Welterweight Champion Marcos Maidana certainly does.

Maidana was due to fight Roberto Guerrero in an August fight seen as a tonic to a relatively quiet boxing month. Maidana's WBA Light Welterweight title was at stake, with “The Ghost” Guerrero making the move up to that division for the match. Anticipation built and built, but frustratingly for the fans, Guerrero suffered a shoulder injury in sparring. Almost immediately after Maidana’s enticing fight with Guerrero was cancelled, the Argentinean began the hunt for a replacement - he couldn't let all the work and the hours of training go to waste. Maidana explained:

“As everybody knows, we went through a tough training camp for Guerrero that last three months. But we couldn’t fight so I feel like knocking anyone out right now.”

A big-name opponent proved hard to come by, and out of desperation for a fight Maidana and co. decided to settle for anybody available. In stepped Petr Petrov.

Petrov, 28, is not a boxing superstar, nor has he ever won a world title. This isn't a fight that will catch the eye of most boxing fans, despite Maidana's presence on the billing - Petrov just doesn’t have the media pull. As a fighter, his record isn't too bad. He has won twenty-nine of his thirty-one matches, thirteen of them ending by knockout. The Russian has lost just two fights in a consistent, though mediocre, eleven year career.

Though not considered a big test, he is no supermarket-shelf tomato can and he will give Maidana a good workout. With his superior speed, he could cause El Chino some problems in Buenos Aires if Maidana doesn’t get his tactics right. Petrov himself feels he can take this fight:

“I know Maidana very well since I usually watch him. He has a name in the business but I’m in Argentina for no holiday. I’m here to win. I’m not gonna tell how I will. But I can tell you that I have the tools to take the title home.”

Realistically though, it is hard to look past Maidana for this bout. If he lands home with a few of his thunderous right hands, and keeps his chin out if trouble, the WBA Champion will land himself the knockout he has been craving. Expect this fight to end by the sixth round.

What next for Maidana if he Beats Petrov?

Assuming he wins, Maidana has a mandatory defence to make against the skilled Irishman Paul McCloskey, who recently came from a losing position to score a controversial decision win over Breidis Prescott. McCloskey will be looking to take Maidana’s WBA title away, and he is just the kind of fighter who can do it.

McCloskey is a technically proficient, naturally patient fighter who will not be drawn into a slugfest. He showed this against Prescott, when the hard-hitting Columbian tried to finish the fight early but was outpointed by a resilient McCloskey who was willing to go the whole distance. If Maidana is to win he will have to make sure he catches McCloskey early and catches him hard. He cannot outbox the Irishman because it is just not in his toolset, so the only way he will keep his belt here is by a knockout.