Sebastian Contursi, the manager of current WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana, has explained the current situation regarding a possible rematch between his fighter and recent rival Adrien Broner.
With some reports suggesting Maidana is stalling on a return deal, Contursi has exclusively revealed to WBN that talks have not yet begun with Broner following the American’s decision to exercise a rematch cause after losing their first fight.
Initial rumours had the two back in the ring this coming April, before being switched to May, although Contursi is yet to meet with advisor to both boxers, Al Haymon, to discuss any possibilities for the fight.
Up until the last couple of weeks, Maidana was linked to a May 3 clash with world number one Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Contursi has still not given up hope of that fight coming off, even if it happens later in the year.
“Regarding a rematch with Broner or a fight with Mayweather, we haven’t had any talks in either sense yet,” Contursi told World Boxing News.
“We are scheduled to talk to Al Haymon in he next few days and we are open to the option of facing either or both.”
Contursi then addressed the ‘delay’ reports directly: “The idea is to have a meeting with Al next week. However, I would not call it a ‘delay’ for a rematch fight with Broner as that has not even been discussed in the first place.
“All we know so far is that Broner has exercised the rematch clause and we will take it from there.”
Maidana, 30, is in the form of his career after putting a four-fight winning streak together, culminating in claiming a second world title in as many weight-classes when out-pointing Broner wide in December.
‘Chino’ is right in the thick of things in the bustling 147lb division, which at the moment is the heartbeat of the sport, and sees Maidana hurtling towards a massive year with potential fights against Broner and Mayweather on the cards.
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