The legendary footballer Diego Armando Maradona He also went up to fight in a boxing ring, albeit in an exhibition fight, and he did so in 1996, against the former Argentine world champion Santos Benigno Laciar, The unforgettable “Felucca”.
It happened on April 3, 1996, in Córdoba, Argentina. The fight was made to celebrate 15 years since the first coronation of Falucho Laciar, who on March 28, 1981 had won the WBA flyweight world title fighting in South Africa against the local Peter Mathebula.
In that year, Diego Armando Maradona He was a Boca Juniors player. For the fight there was weigh-in, where Diego marked 75,300 kgs., while Laciar weighed 61,450 kgs.
Already on the ring, Maradona tried everything. At times he had the pleasure of moving around and throwing punches like a real fighter, which he also used to do in soccer training. He enjoyed, until hitting the referee, who for that fight was the comedian Miguel del Sel, and who was loaned for the show.
At the end, Maradona ended the show playing with a soccer ball in the middle of the boxing ring next to Falucho Laciar.
“The party was complete,” he said Felucca at the end of your celebration.
It was a worthy tribute for a fighter who was a three-time world champion. Laciar He was also the first Argentine fighter to be crowned in two different categories. He faced great fighters of his time, and on many of the occasions he did it fighting in the opponent’s house.
In 2015, Laciar ranked fourth among the 10 best Argentine fighters in history who produced the Latin Association of Boxing Analysts.