Marcos Maidana April 18 return fight to be delayed by the coronavirus

By Boxing News - 03/22/2020 - Comments

By Dan Ambrose: The April 18 ring return of the powerful former two-division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) against 47-year-old kickboxing champ Jorge ‘Acero’ Cali has been postponed due to the coronavirus, according to ESPN.

The 36-year-old Maidana was supposed to be taking on the former heavyweight kickboxing champ Ali in Tecnópolis in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fight will be rescheduled for a still to determined date once the coronavirus eradicated.

Maidana is younger than 37-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin, and it’s surprising that he hasn’t attempted to return earlier. If Maidana looks good in beating Cali, it might give him some ideas to restart his stalled career. By facing Cali, Maidana is starting slow. The fight isn’t expected to be competitive. The size and the age difference between Maidana and the gray-haired Cali, it doesn’t look like it’ll be competitive unless Marcos takes it easy on him.

Maidana needs to lose weight

The postponement of the fight could potentially be good news for Maidana, as he’s been looking badly overweight. As long as Maidana uses the extra time from the postponing to train rather than eating, he could potentially time down to his old fighting weight of 147 if the desire was there.

Given the size of the 200+ lb Cali, it would look odd if Maidana entered the ring near 150 against a much heavier, albeit older, Cali. Both fighters are expected to keep training during the postponement, but if this coronavirus lingers for a year or more, it’s unclear whether Maidana and Cali will choose to go ahead with their plans for the exhibition.

Maidana hasn’t fought in almost six years losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a rematch in September 2014 in Las Vegas. Marcos’ fight with the gray-haired Cali was meant to be an exhibition.

It’s difficult for some boxing fans in the U.S to understand what Maidana stands to gain in fighting an older guy pushing 50-years-old, who doesn’t come from a boxing background. Cali is known in Maidana’s native Argentina.  This fight is presumably a big deal in that country. It would be better if Maidana fought someone that had in the sport of boxing.

Maidana’s ring return to be given a new date

“From the Chino Maidana Promotions company, we inform you that due to the events that the world is going through due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus and abiding by the regulations of the different sports organizations, our event called ‘The Return of Marcos Chino Maidana’, scheduled for April 18, 2020, in Tecnópolis in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is postponed until a new date that will be announced in due course,” said a statement sent to ESPN.

Before walking away from the sport in 2014, Maidana had a nice career with wins over Adrien Broner, Josesito Lopez, Erik Morales, and Victor Ortiz.

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