Maidana vs Morales: Marcos Starts Training With Nacho

By Nicholas Samuilov, 

The former super lightweight champion of the World Boxing Association, Argentine boxer Marcos "El Chino" Maidana, is in Mexico, where on Monday he officially began his training camp under the orders of his new chief trainer, the legendary Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain. Maidana will face the former world champion in three categories, Mexico's Erik "El Terrible" Morales, on Saturday April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs), had his first encounter with his new coach on Monday morning after getting up at 6am to go running at the high altitude in Mexico, and wasted no time in preparing against an opponent who he respects.

"We discussed some time ago that the opponent could be Erik Morales. I have not seen the videos [of his last fights]. I only saw him at his best, which they say is gone," said Maidana to BoxingScene's Carlos Irusta.

Maidana recognizes the vast experience of "El Terrible" (51-6, 35 KOs).

"[Morales] has a lot of wisdom in the ring, and a lot of experience. With that alone he can be tough. But I'll train hard and I'll be at my best," Maidana said.

Also referring to his recent coaching change after the separation from his compatriot Miguel Diaz and hiring Beristain, he stressing that there were never problems, and he had simply completed a phase:

"[With Miguel] we always had a good relationship. We finished very well, with a very good relationship. I learned a lot from him. I appreciate all the time that he gave me. He taught me a lot. But the team opted for a change, and now we will work with our new coach," Maidana said.

On the other hand, the advisor of Maidana, Sebastián Contursi, who traveled with Marco and his assistant coach, Cristian "Wonder" Rodriguez - who commands his training in Argentina, provided details about the the recent happenings of Maidana.

"We arrived on Saturday night. We're in a hotel one block from Paseo de la Reforma. At 6 in the morning we officially started with Beristain, and there was the first meeting between the two, and Maidana starting to run. And in the afternoon, we were at the Romanza gym."

Finally, Contursi had time to refer to the comments of the world lightweight champion of the WBA and WBO, Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez, who had expressed discomfort because his current coach, "Nacho" Beristain, was training Maidana. The issue has been resolved, so it will not inconvenience either party.

"It's true. He said in Mexico, when he learned that "El Chino" would train with Beristain, that it would block off a potential opponent. He said it publicly. But I know that in private they sat down to talk and solved it. It would be a luxury for Marcos to have him as a sparring partner. What fighter would not want to spar with Juan Manuel Marquez?," he concluded.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JCairo on 02-16-2011

i dont think beristain will change maidana much. you can't change his style, but hopefully he can tighten up his technique and refine him a little more. so many times in that 10th round i was wishing he would take…

Comment by dans on 02-15-2011

This is just a cruel matchup. I hope Morales is okay after this one because Maidana is a ruthless beast. Talk about getting thrown to the wolves during a comeback. I wish Erik the best as he's an all time…

Comment by sapo#1 on 02-15-2011

cant belive this fight is actually going to happen!!! when your with golden boy you have to fight!!! they will match you up with anyone!!! Victor ortiz get your ass in their with marcos maidana!!! Victor ortiz get your ass…

Comment by Chief2ndzOnly! on 02-15-2011

I am glad that I'm not the only one excited to see what nacho can do with Marcos. I think it'll take a couple of fights, to see a vast improvement, but we should see a little somethin against El…

Comment by theplayerpimp on 02-15-2011

[QUOTE=Albeerto_ko;10107948]I hope some1 at the Romanza gym leaks out sparring footage of the 2!!!!! Please god. Lol.[/QUOTE] For real that will be some intense sparring. And it would benefit maidana alot.

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