It has been over four months since boxingâ€™s Amir Khan knocked out Paulie Malignaggi in New Yorkâ€™s Madison Square Garden in his American debut. That win gave Khan the WBA Junior Welterweight championship of the world. Originally the Pakistani-British boxer wanted to schedule his next fight before Ramadan, but that never happened due to a disagreement over financial terms. But now a deal has been signed for Khan to take on Argentinian Marcos Rene Maidana on December 11th in Las Vegas. The purse will be split 55-to-45 in favor of Khan. The 23-year-old Khan (23-1, 17 knockouts) and the 27-year-old Maidana (29-1, 27 knockouts), will face-off at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and the fight will be televised on HBO.
â€œAll legality work for the next fight has been done,â€ Khan wrote on his personal Twitter page. â€œThe fight has been signed by both parties. Itâ€™s Khan versus Maidana, December 11th, venue to be confirmed, on HBO Boxing and Sky Sports.â€
â€œIt will be a great fight and a great weekend. Amir Khan has fans in the United Kingdom, but if you want to capture the United Statesâ€™ market, this is a way to build someone into a superstar in the United States,â€ said Robert Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, in an interview with Boxing Fanhouse. â€œThen, we will go back to the United Kingdom. Amir is really excited about it, and so, is Maidana to be fighting one of the super stars in the sport.â€
â€œWhat a wonderful thing for the boxing world. Itâ€™s going to be a wonderful event,â€ said Oscar De La Hoya, legendary boxer and founder of Golden Boy Promotions, in an interview with Boxing Fanhouse. â€œâ€¦I am looking forward to it like every fan. Iâ€™m glad that itâ€™s going to be in Las Vegas, because Amir Khan can really make a splash here in America.â€ Next stop Las Vegas, in King Khanâ€™s quest to conquer the boxing world.