Trainer Jordan Maldonado has been a controversial figure in boxing for quite some time. He was arrested in 2007 for “selling steroids” out of his gym alongside his wife Cindy Serrano and many others including Amanda Serrano. The controversy with Maldonado does not stop there.
Maldonado has been known to get aggressive with opposing camps. Keeping it classy is far from his style. He was booted from ringside for his behavior when Amanda fought there and his most recent interaction with a rivals corner came recently when Amanda fought against Yamileth Mercado.
Before I get into that let me give you a brief rundown on Mercado. Mercado is a DEFENSIVE fighter. Very important to remember that. Maldonado was furious that Mercado fought defensively and “not like a true Mexican” and got very aggressive with her corner at the end of the fight taking shine away from Amanda’s performance and showing how much of a douche he is.
Many have viewed his comments/actions as borderline racist and his behavior overall as unacceptable. So unacceptable that fans have called for action to be taken and the Ohio Athletic Commission has done so and issued a letter describing the 180 day suspension that has been given to Maldonado.
This is to inform you that on August 29th, 2021 at a Boxing event conducted at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH. Your behavior and uncontrollable actions dealing with Yamileth Mercado and their corner personnel will not be tolerated in the state of Ohio. Your taunting of the opponentand her corner persons between rounds is unacceptable behavior.
You are responsible for your action prior to, during and after any event and the conduct you presented WILL NOT be tolerated. There are four (4) things required of those who wish to participate in any unarmed combat sports in the state of Ohio:
(2) Respect for the opponent and their followers
(3) Respect for those that promote and administer the rules
Your actions violated 3 of the 4. Your Ohio Trainers license are here-by suspended for 180 days for this violation starting August 30, 2021.
If you chose to appeal this decision, you must send a certified letter to the athletic commission within 30 days of the receipt of this letter. You will be notified of the time and date of the hearing. At this hearing, you may appear in person or with an attorney, with any witnesses or evidence you wish to produce. You may also choose to send a written statement that will be read at the hearing. The commission has the options of: letting the suspension stand; reducing or removing the suspension or increasing the suspension up to the maximum of time of one (1) year. The Commission’s decision is final.”
Let’s hope that other commissions take this serious and follow through as well. It is not a one time thing. Maldonado is continuously messing up and will continue to do so if nothing is done about it.