After the postponement of all boxing, Kickboxing star Jorge Cali faces a long wait to share the ring with boxing legend Marcos Maidana finally.
Due to the coronavirus sweeping the world, Cali’s exhibition bout with Maidana has been pushed back at least a few months.
The pair were set to trade blows in April. They were deep into respective training camps when the call came to delay the contest.
Maidana had lost a ton of weight after being retired for five years. Cali was champing at the bit to get his hands on the boxer-turned-promoter.
Jorge Cali speaks to World Boxing News
Speaking exclusively to WBN this week, Cali said he was unfazed about the fight going ahead once the current climate changes for the better.
“I do not mind that the fight with Maidana is postponed. But I have no doubt it will happen someday as both want to do it,” Cali told World Boxing News exclusively.
“I think the situation we are living in is obvious (with COVID-19), and hopefully, this nightmare will end soon. After that, we think about the fight and will take stock of what we must do.
“This situation does not change anything at all. It is simply a matter of setting a new date. We can train hard to arrive in the best conditions for a great evening.”
Cali added on the rules of engagement for the Maidana contest: “I’m not training simply to box.
“I’m training to fight Maidana. However, when that day comes, it will be a fight for the fans.
“I know I could be at a disadvantage as I’m forbidden to kick his head, and I am older than him. But that is all that works in my favor because it makes him feel confident.
“There may be a surprise for the fans when I battle Maidana in the future,” he concluded.
Maidana fight rescheduling
Right now, who can tell when this fight will be rescheduled as cases of COVID-19 continue to soar worldwide?
Argentina is one of those fortunate countries that have been able to halt the wider spread since the first case was reported on March 3.
So far, there have been almost 1000 cases and 20 deaths from coronavirus, which the authorities are battling to keep to a minimum.
If all goes as well as expected, Madiana vs Cali could conceivably happen in July of this summer. Fingers crossed.