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Boxing/MMA: Maldonado re-ups with Golden Boy

 

Albuquerque boxer Fidel Maldonado Jr. has re-signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, his father said.

Fidel Maldonado Sr., who trains and manages his son, also said former co-manager Cameron Dunkin is no longer part of the team.

Maldonado Jr. (20-3, 17 knockouts) has been under contract to Golden Boy since 2011.  Maldonado Sr. said Dunkin, a former Albuquerque resident who in the past had managed Danny Romero and Johnny Tapia, wanted to take the fighter’s career in another direction.

But the Maldonados opted to stay with Golden Boy, with Maldonado Sr. as the sole manager.

“I’ve got a lot more control now,” the elder Maldonado said.

In a news release, De La Hoya said, “Fidel is a talented fighter with a promising future and an aggressive style that fans love, so I’m pleased he has decided to re-sign with Golden Boy Promotions.”

Maldonado Sr. said terms of the new contract will allow him to build his son’s career in New Mexico. Only two of Maldonado Jr.’s last 13 fights have been contested within the state’s borders.

The plan is to have Maldonado Jr. fight on a Jan. 30 card at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino on a show promoted by Santa Fe’s Pat Holmes. Golden Boy will pay Maldonado Jr.’s fight purse, the fighter’s father said.

Maldonado Jr.’s last fight was a victory by first-round TKO over Lowell Brownfield (11-13-1) at Buffalo Thunder in September.

Maldonado Sr. said he’s hoping to get his son a rematch down the road with Michael Perez (23-1-2), a Golden Boy fighter who defeated Maldonado Jr. by disputed split decision in August 2012.

“We’re working on that,” he said, “and then we’re gonna go after a world title shot.”

Maldonado Jr. will campaign principally at the lightweight limit of 135 pounds, his father said, but would accept a fight at junior welterweight (140) under the right circumstances.

“But if we’re going for a title shot, it will be at 135,” Maldonado Sr. said.

WINTER WAR: Albuquerque welterweight boxer Josh Torres (14-4-2, six KOs) is scheduled to return to action in the main event of a Dec. 12 pro-am show at the South Valley sports arena.

Torres is scheduled to face veteran Daniel Gonzalez (12-37-2, four KOs) of Billings, Mont.

The card, promoted by Albuquerque’s Joe and Isabel Chavez, also features Albuquerque junior lightweight Alex Holguin (5-1).

Other pro bouts are planned, as well as an amateur card that afternoon (1-5 p.m.)

The arena, formerly the Pat McKernan Events Center, is at 933 Sunset SW (where Bridge meets Sunset and Five Points.)

WATERSON OUT: Albuquerque MMA fighter Michelle Waterson (13-4) has withdrawn from her scheduled strawweight (115-pound) fight against Tecla Torres (6-0) on UFC 194 on Dec. 12 because of a knee injury.

Waterson was the only New Mexico-based fighter  scheduled to appear on the much-anticipated card at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nev. Headlining the card are UFC title fights between champion Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor (featherweights) and champion Chris Weidman and challenger Luke Rockhold (middleweights).

New Mexico will be well-represented, though, on a UFC Fight Night card Dec. 10 in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan.

Moriarty welterweight Tim Means (24-7-1), who trains in Albuquerque at FIT-NHB, is scheduled that night to face Boston’s John Howard (23-11).

Albuquerque bantamweight Emily Peters Kagan (3-2) is matched against Hawaii’s Kailin Curran (3-2). Dagestani welterweight Omari Akhmedov (15-2), who like Peters Kagan trains at Jackson-Wink, is scheduled to face Brazil’s Sergio Moraes (9-2).

GOING PRO: Matthew Griego, one of New Mexico’s best amateur boxers of recent years, has announced he’s turning pro.

Griego, 19, won Golden Gloves state and regional titles in 2013 and represented New Mexico at GG Nationals that year at 114 pounds. He’s expected to make his pro debut on the Jan. 30 card at Buffalo Thunder.

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