After a false start or two, Marcos Maidana’s comeback was finally on track for April 18th, when he would face Jorge Cali in a five-round exhibition in Buenos Aires. Unfortunately, it’s become yet another casualty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
ANUNCIO IMPORTANTE pic.twitter.com/iMWRt4GnNa— Chino Maidana Promotions (@chinomaidanabox) March 18, 2020
Argentina restricted “all international events” last week, scrapping the planned Americas qualifier for Tokyo 2020. It’s no surprise that domestic shows are now on the chopping block.
I was extremely dismissive of this fight when it was first announced, but I’ll admit I’ve softened quite a bit. “El Chino” appears to have dropped quite a bit of weight in preparation, and I can certainly respect the effort he’s put in despite it being an exhibition. While I still don’t care to see him in action against a top-level pro at this point, it sucks to see his preparations potentially go to waste.
At least his beatdown of Adrien Broner never gets old. I could watch that all day.