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Monday, July 1, 2013
Maidana OK after car accident

By Dan Rafael

Welterweight contender Marcos Maidana was in a car accident on Sunday evening in his native Argentina, but the fighter's manager says he is going to be just fine.

Sebastian Contursi told ESPN.com that Maidana was making the 30-minute drive home from a boxing gym near his hometown of Margarita when the accident happened.

"He was in the passenger seat while his friend and amateur boxer Jacinto Baigorria was driving his own car," Contursi said. "They clashed against a pickup truck. [Maidana] suffered a big blow in his chest and was taken to the hospital. He never passed out or anything, but had severe pain in the chest area -- probably as a result of the safety-belt that he was wearing at the time of the clash."

Maidana was taken to the hospital for X-rays and an MRI exam. Contursi said the "director of the hospital just confirmed to me that no injuries were sustained, thank God, so Maidana will spend [Sunday] night there for observation, but he could be released [Monday], so I guess we can back go to normal."

Contursi said Maidana's team is still waiting on a decision from newly crowned welterweight titlist Adrien Broner on what his next move will be. Maidana currently is the mandatory challenger for Broner, who won a welterweight belt against Paulie Malignaggi on June 22, and Contursi is pressing the issue. Broner also holds a lightweight title and hasn't decided yet if he will stay at 147, go back to 135 to defend that title or perhaps drop down to 140 and look for a shot in that deep weight class. Broner still has about a week to make a decision on which belt he plans to keep.

Contursi said Maidana's accident shouldn't derail his fighting schedule. Maidana wasn't getting ready for a fight just yet anyway. He fought on June 8 and stopped Josesito Lopez in the sixth round of an action-packed fight.