Beyond having left an indelible mark on football, if something characterized Diego Maradona it was his interest in sports in general.
Proof of this was his “debut” as a boxer, of which this Saturday April 3 marks 25 years, against nothing less than a world champion.
The setting was the ring set up in the covered gym of the General Paz Juniors club, in the city of Córdoba. The rival was the local Santos Benigno Laciar, known as “Falucho”.
The reason for the fight was to honor the fighter on the 15th anniversary of his triumph over Peter Mathebula in the South African city of Soweto, where he claimed the WBA flyweight title by knockout in the seventh round.
“I know he was a little afraid to face me”, ironized the ’10’ in the press conference he gave before fighting with the world champion: at the weigh-in the footballer marked 73.5 kilos, while the scale indicated that the boxer was at 61,450.
Jab, straight, hook, uppercut. Right and left. On the 10th, as throughout his life, he showed that he was born for the sport: above the ring he moved like an expert in boxing.
He was not daunted by the world champion. “They are not going to beat me to hell. I am happy, very happy to have been able to throw a punch at Falucho, which is the dream of every Argentine “Maradona said at the end of the fight.
His daughters Dalma and Gianinna were not in the audience and, after the fight, Diego explained why they were absent: “I would have loved it, but there are two Sarmientito and they don’t want to miss school.”
How could it be otherwise, the ’10’ ended the day playing with the ball above the ring, under the watchful eye of Don Diego and athletes such as basketball player Marcelo Milanesio, ex-footballer Daniel Willington and boxer Gustavo Ballas.
The closing was in charge of Trulalá, who put the music for Diego to dance, as he had done minutes before in front of Santos Laciar and as he did throughout his life when he ran with the ball.