Ricardo Mayorga

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Ricardo Mayorga
BornRicardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 40)
Managua, Nicaragua
Other namesEl Matador
NationalityNicaragua Nicaragua
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
DivisionLight Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
Light Middleweight (154 lb)
Middleweight (160 lb)
Super Middleweight (168 lb)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofGranada, Nicaragua
Years active1993–2011
2013–present
Professional boxing record
Total38
Wins29
By knockout23
Losses8
By knockout5
Draws1
 
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Ricardo Mayorga
BornRicardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 40)
Managua, Nicaragua
Other namesEl Matador
NationalityNicaragua Nicaragua
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
DivisionLight Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
Light Middleweight (154 lb)
Middleweight (160 lb)
Super Middleweight (168 lb)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofGranada, Nicaragua
Years active1993–2011
2013–present
Professional boxing record
Total38
Wins29
By knockout23
Losses8
By knockout5
Draws1

Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez "El Matador" (born October 3, 1973 in Granada, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan professional boxer. He is the former WBA/WBC Welterweight champion and the former WBC light middleweight champion. He holds a record of 29-8 with 23 knockouts and 1 draw 1 no contest. He was featured for the first time on the cover of Ring Magazine on the December 2003 issue, released in October. The cover read "The craziest man in the sport: Mayorga lights up boxing." He is known for his relentless trash-talking before most of his fights and his smoking and drinking habits outside the ring. He started his career on August 29, 1993 when he lost to Humberto Aranda by a 6th round TKO and after that, he stayed undefeated until he lost again to Roger Benito Flores by UD in the Gimnasio Alexis Arguello in Managua, Nicaragua. He is known for his slow style and to opponents who are not afraid to punch him, he is a very easy target. Ever since he made his debut in 1993, he has captured 3 titles mostly in the Middleweight and Welterweight divisions.

Retirement from Boxing[edit]

On March 12, 2011, Mayorga faced Miguel Cotto, in what was a deeply personal feud. During the bout Mayorga suffered a broken finger and in the 12th round, he motioned for the referee to stop the fight. After the match Mayorga announced his retirement from boxing, (he apparently had already made up his mind before the bout and would retire regardless of the outcome) and stated that it was "time to find a new job". Mayorga and Cotto then hugged.

He has since stated that he does not entirely dismiss the possibility of a comeback. Sources close to Mayorga predict between Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito that's supposedly going to be dubbed: "When villains collide". The winner of the fight having one final shot at resurrecting his career and the loser retiring from boxing, a fight that will entertain fans not only in a press conference, but also in the ring as well.[1]

On March 23, 2013, more rumors came up about Mayorga's future. The rumours implied that Mayorga might take part in a fight against the undefeated Russian middleweight: Dmitry Chudinov, on the undercard of the Denis Lebedev vs. Guillermo Jones fight, but eventually the fight did not take place.

Mixed Martial Arts career[edit]

Mayorga was scheduled to make his debut 15 May 2010 against UFC veteran Din Thomas in the Shine Fights: Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas card.[2] Don King filed for an injunction the week of the fight to prevent him from participating, claiming Mayorga had an exclusive contract with Don King Promotions (DKP).

Shine Fights stated that Mayorga's contract with DKP was for boxing, and as such did not apply to mixed martial arts. Judge Marc Gold granted the injunction just several hours before the fight.[3] Later on the same day, Shine Fights officials conceded defeat in the matter and Mayorga was pulled off the card.[4]

At the press conference, he was seen typically smoking cigarettes and looked a lot heavier than he usually does. Mayorga got under Thomas' skin with his trash talking and by blowing smoke in Thomas' face. Thomas reacted badly having to be held back by members of his camp, then after it settled Mayorga chopped Thomas in the neck[citation needed].

Following his retirement from boxing, Mayorga decided to properly embark on a professional MMA career and faced Wesley Tiffer on May 3, 2013. Mayorga was kept on the ground but able to survive round 1. Tiffer continued to grapple with Mayorga on the ground until a controversial illegal knee by Mayorga to Tiffer's spine where he was heard screaming after the blow. Mayorga won via TKO after Tiffer didn't answer the bell on round 3. On May 10, 2013 the Nicaraguan Mixed Martial Arts Commission declared the fight as No Contest for the illegal knee, and suspended Mayorga for 3 months for being 20 pounds over the contracted weight limit of 165-lbs. [5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

29 Wins (23 knockouts, 6 decisions), 8 Losses (5 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest[6]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss29-8-1Puerto Rico Miguel CottoTKO12 (12), 0:532011-03-12United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaFor WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.
Win29-7-1United States Michael WalkerTKO9 (10), 1:092010-12-17United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Loss28-7-1United States Shane MosleyKO12 (12), 2:592008-09-27United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, CaliforniaFor vacant WBA Inter-Continental Light Middleweight title.
Win28-6-1United States Fernando VargasMD122007-11-23United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaFor vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Loss27-6-1United States Oscar De La HoyaTKO6 (12), 1:252006-05-06United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaLost WBC Light Middleweight title.
Win27-5-1Italy Michele PiccirilloUD122005-08-13United States United Center, Chicago, IllinoisWon vacant WBC Light Middleweight title.
Loss26-5-1Puerto Rico Félix TrinidadTKO8 (12), 2:392004-10-02United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New YorkFor vacant NABC Middleweight title.
Win26-4-1United States Eric MitchellUD102004-04-17United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York
Loss25-4-1United States Cory SpinksMD122003-12-13United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyLost The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
For IBF Welterweight title.
Win25-3-1United States Vernon ForrestMD122003-07-12United States The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
Win24-3-1United States Vernon ForrestTKO3 (12), 2:062003-01-25United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CaliforniaRetained WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
Won The Ring & WBC Welterweight titles.
Win23-3-1Guyana Andrew LewisTKO5 (12), 1:082002-03-30United States Sovereign Center, Reading, PennsylvaniaWon WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
NCGuyana Andrew LewisNC2 (12), 0:082001-07-28United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaFor WBA Welterweight title.
Win22-3-1Dominican Republic Elias CruzTKO3 (10), 2:482001-02-03United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win21-3-1Venezuela Adolfo SalazarKO1 (12), 0:412000-12-16Venezuela Forum Bicentenario, MaracayRetained WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight title.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss0–1–0 (1)United States René MartinezSubmission (guillotine)World Series of Fighting 1: Central AmericaJuly 27, 201311:45Nicaragua Estadio Nacional de Futbol, Managua
NC0–0–0 (1)Canada Wesley TifferNo contest (illigal kick) Original TKO winOmega MMA: Battle of the AmericasMay 3, 201325:00Nicaragua Pharaoh's Casino, ManaguaMMA debut, Original TKO win.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Andrew Lewis
WBA Welterweight Champion
March 30, 2002 – January 25, 2003
Promoted
Succeeded by
José Antonio Rivera
as Regular champion
Preceded by
N/A
Inaugural champion
WBA Welterweight Super Champion
January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
Succeeded by
Cory Spinks
Preceded by
Vernon Forrest
WBC Welterweight Champion
The Ring Welterweight Champion

January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
Preceded by
Javier Castillejo
Stripped
WBC Junior Middleweight Champion
August 13, 2005 – May 6, 2006
Succeeded by
Oscar De La Hoya