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Fidel Maldonado Jr. to Face Undefeated Amir Imam at MGM Grand

Maldonado Jr. Scheduled to Fight Amir Imam January 17th on  Stiverne vs. Wilder Undercard

Just few days after a very disappointing no contest match in Mexico, Albuquerque boxer Fidel Maldonado Jr. already has a new match scheduled for 2015. He will be facing undefeated New York prospect Amir Imam on the Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder WBC Heavyweight title fight. The news was confirmed on Twitter by Showtime Sports Executive Stephen Espinoza.

Amir Imam comes into Fidel Maldonado Jr. fight victor of 86% of his bouts via KO. Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Amir Imam comes into Fidel Maldonado Jr. fight victor of 86% of his bouts via KO. Photo: Mary Ann Owen

The light welterweight bout between Golden Boy Promotions’ Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16KOs) and Don King Productions’ Imam (15-0, 13 KOs) is expected to be the first fight of the Showtime Sports telecast of the three-fight card which will feature a co-main event between Leo Santa Cruz and Jesus Ruiz.

After a “stay-busy” 2014 where he fought three middle-of-the-pack opponents and going 2-0 with 2KOs and one no contest, Maldonado Jr.’s bout with Imam adds a formidable undefeated opponent (Maldonado Jr.’s first since the third fight of his career) to his résumé.

Imam, held a strong amateur career in New York going 98-14, winning five consecutive New York State Golden Gloves titles, was a finalist in the 2010 PAL Nationals and an Olympic alternate in 2012.

The bout is expected to be Maldonado Jr. and Imam’s highest pay date. With both men setting their eye recently on a world title, the winner is likely to see their value skyrocket and potentially have them ranked in the top 15 of the light welterweight division by one of the major boxing organizations.

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