Top welterweight contender Marcos Maidana has ended his relationship with conditioning coach Alex Ariza as the Argentine plots his return from a commendable performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr in May.
The 30 year-old lost a majority decision to the pound for pound king in his first defence of the WBA title he took when previously ending Adrien Broner’s unbeaten record, and is now taking a fresh approach before his comeback.
“I confirm that Ariza will not be working with either Marcos Maidana nor WBA Interim Featherweight champion Jesús Cuellar any longer,” Sebastian Contursi, manager to both boxers confirmed to World Boxing News.
Reports are also rife that Ariza has been dropped by Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia from the whole Oxnard camp, meaning the controversial cornerman will no longer work with the likes of Brandon Rios and Mikey Garcia going forward.
Maidana is said to be in the mix for a second crack at Mayweather after pushing the two-weight ‘Money’ man hard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with a meeting set up with advisor Al Haymon in the future to discuss the possibilities.
“We are still waiting from news from Al Haymon regarding a possible Mayweather vs. Maidana rematch, but we are scheduled to talk with Al soon,” said Contursi.
Mayweather, 37, has so far been linked to clashes with Amir Khan, Danny Garcia and new middleweight champion Miguel Cotto for his September outing, although there are set to be many more twists and turns before an official announcement is made.
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