Ricardo Mayorga

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Ricardo Mayorga
BornRicardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 41)
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
Total39
Wins30
By knockout24
Losses8
By knockout5
Draws1
Mixed martial arts record
Total4
Wins0
Losses3
By submission2
By decision1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Ricardo Mayorga
BornRicardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 41)
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
Total39
Wins30
By knockout24
Losses8
By knockout5
Draws1
Mixed martial arts record
Total4
Wins0
Losses3
By submission2
By decision1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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 30-8 with 24 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.

Professional Career[edit]

Mayorga began his professional career on August 29th, 1993, against Humberto Aranda. Mayorga was outweighed by sixteen pounds (140 to 156), and lost by a sixth round technical knockout. Undeterred, Mayorga would win his next eight fights, all by knockout, until suffering two consecutive decision losses against comparatively insignificant opposition. Five more victories, again all by knockout, would follow until an accidental head but against Diosbelys Hurtado led to a second round technical draw. Mayorga would follow the bout up with nine more wins until another unintentional head-butt would lead to a no contest against Andrew Lewis. In a rematch held eight months later, Mayorga would stop Lewis in the fifth round, leading to the largest fight of his career at that point.

Mayorga vs. Forrest I & II[edit]

On January 25th, 2003, Mayorga would face veteran champion Vernon Forrest for the WBC and WBA welterweight titles. Mayorga was regarded as a substantial underdog, and few gave him a chance to win against the vastly bigger and more experienced (at the elite level) Forrest. Mayorga would shock the world when he dominated Forrest en route to stopping him in the third round. Forrest was knocked down in the first and third round (having previously never been off his feet in either his amateur or professional career), and following the second knockdown the referee stopped the contest, protecting a visibly dazed Forrest from further punishment

Forrest and Mayorga would rematch six months later in a far more closely contested bout. The more technically proficient Forrest managed to protect himself against Mayorga's heavier punches, keeping the rounds close. Mayorga would go on to win a close majority decision.

Mayorga vs. Spinks[edit]

Mayorga's reign as the lineal welterweight champion of the world would come to an end on December 13th, 2003, when he would defend his title against Cory Spinks. Spinks used solid lateral movement to frustrate the cruder Mayorga. Mayorga would additionally be deducted a point in rounds 5 and 11 for fouling. Mayorga would lose by majority decision. Had Mayorga not lost the points on fouls, he would have retained his title via a split draw.

Mayorga vs. Trinidad[edit]

After losing his title, Mayorga would climb in weight to Junior Middleweight and defeat Eric Mitchel by unanimous decision. Following this victory, a match against former three divisional (welterweight, light-middleweight, and middleweight) champion Felix Trinidad. Trinidad was regarded for his devastating punching power, but many felt that his upset loss to Hopkins three years back highlighted the pinnacle of his career, and that the younger Mayorga would defeat him.

On October 10th, 2004, the two would face off in a classic match. Mayorga attempted to intimidate Trinidad by dropping his hands early in the first round, allowing Trinidad to land several of his vaunted hooks flush on the chin. They appeared to do no damage, and Mayorga taunted him by briefly dancing. Mayorga would additionally drop Trinidad in the third round. By the sixth round however, Mayorga was visibly tiring while Trinidad was coming on stronger. In the eighth and final round, Trinidad would drop an exhausted and beaten Mayorga to win by eighth round technical knockout.

Mayorga vs. de la Hoya[edit]

Mayorga recovered from his loss against Trinidad with a unanimous decision victory over Michele Piccirillo for the vacant WBC light middleweight title. His next bout would be against Oscar de la Hoya, a multiple divisional champ who had just suffered a devastating knockout loss against Bernard Hopkins at middleweight. The build up for the fight quickly turned ugly, with Mayorga relentlessly insulting de la Hoya on everything ranging from his boxing ability, his sexuality, to his family. The fight took place on May 6th, 2006. De la Hoya would dominate the proceedings, knocking Mayorga down in the first and thoroughly outboxing and beating him to the punch for the rest of the match. The fight was ultimately stopped in the sixth round when after a second knockdown, a visibly hurt Mayorga absorbed well over twenty punches before referee Jeff Nady called a halt to the match. Despite the bad blood proceeding the fight, de la Hoya would embrace Mayorga and hug him after the post-fight interviews. Mayorga would take the opportunity to apologize to de la Hoya for his pre-fight antics and comments.

Mayorga vs. Vargas[edit]

Following his defeat to de la Hoya, Mayorga would take a year off before returning to the ring to fight former Light-Middleweight champion Fernando Vargas. Similar to the de la Hoya match, the pre-fight build up was filled with trash talking (this time from both parties). Mayorga would repeatedly refer to his opponent as a "pig" (a thinly veiled reference to Vargas asking for the fight to be fought at a 164 pound catch-weight, while Vargas had previously been known for fighting a full ten pounds lighter). In a pre-fight press conference, following several insults from Mayorga and a slap, Vargas would lunge towards his to-be opponent, prompting a large brawl between both camps. Emotions ran so intensely that a glass screen was placed in between the fighters at the weigh-in so as to prevent another brawl from occurring.

The actual fight was an entertaining one, with Vargas being dropped late in the first round resulting from a combination from Mayorga. The following rounds were mostly a back and forth affair with Vargas maintaining a slight edge to some. In the final seconds of the 11th round, a sharp right hand would put Vargas down for a second time. Mayorga finished strongly, and was awarded a majority decision. Vargas would retire following the loss.

Mayorga vs. Mosley[edit]

On September 27th, 2009, Mayorga would fight against former lightweight, welterweight, and light-middleweight champion Shane Mosley. Mayorga and Mosley were 35 and 37 respectively, and many felt they were both well past their respective primes. Mayorga started off strongly, repeatedly landing strong right hands that visibly rocked Mosley. However, after the fourth round, Mosley appeared to regain his composure and started boxing more effectively and landing multiple shots to the body. It soon became a battle of the right hands, with both sides landing strong overhand rights with great frequency. Going into the final round, the scores were extremely close. Mosley managed to knock Mayorga down twice in the final round to win by knockout.

Mayorga vs. Cotto[edit]

After winning a match against Michael Walker, Mayorga would fight his final match against Puerto-Rican light-welterweight and welterweight champion Miguel Cotto in a light-middleweight affair. Cotto controlled the fight with strong body work and stinging left hooks to keep the aged Mayorga off him. Mayorga was dropped in the twelfth round and ultimately deemed unfit to continue. Mayorga would announce his retirement after the bout.

Comeback[edit]

After a three and a half year retirement from boxing, Mayorga returned on September 27th, 2014, in Oklahoma City to face the lightly regarded Allen Medina at middleweight. Medina (whose record was 9-23-1 coming into the bout) provided little offense and was quickly stopped just over a minute into the bout.

Life after Boxing[edit]

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]

30 Wins (24 knockouts, 6 decisions), 8 Losses (5 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest[6]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
WinN/AUnited States Allen MedinaTemplate:30-8-1/ATemplate:SmallTKO2014-09-27United States OKC Downtown Airpark, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Loss29-8-1 (1)Puerto Rico Miguel CottoTKO12 (12), 0:532011-03-12United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaFor WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.
Win29-7-1 (1)United States Michael WalkerTKO9 (10), 1:092010-12-17United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Loss28-7-1 (1)United States Shane MosleyKO12 (12), 2:592008-09-27United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, CaliforniaFor vacant WBA Inter-Continental Light Middleweight title.
Win28-6-1 (1)United States Fernando VargasMD122007-11-23United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaFor vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Loss27-6-1 (1)United States Oscar De La HoyaTKO6 (12), 1:252006-05-06United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaLost WBC Light Middleweight title.
Win27-5-1 (1)Italy Michele PiccirilloUD122005-08-13United States United Center, Chicago, IllinoisWon vacant WBC Light Middleweight title.
Loss26-5-1 (1)Puerto Rico Félix TrinidadTKO8 (12), 2:392004-10-02United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New YorkFor vacant NABC Middleweight title.
Win26-4-1 (1)United States Eric MitchellUD102004-04-17United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York
Loss25-4-1 (1)United States Cory SpinksMD122003-12-13United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyLost The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
For IBF Welterweight title.
Win25-3-1 (1)United States Vernon ForrestMD122003-07-12United States The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
Win24-3-1 (1)United States Vernon ForrestTKO3 (12), 2:062003-01-25United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CaliforniaRetained WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
Won The Ring & WBC Welterweight titles.
Win23-3-1 (1)Guyana 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.
Win20-3-1Panama Elvis GuerreroKO2 (10)2000-11-24Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win19-3-1Dominican Republic Feliberto AlvarezUD12 (12)2000-08-31Costa Rica Hotel Melia Cariari, San Jose, Costa RicaWBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
Win18-3-1Nicaragua Walter PalaciosUD10 (10)2000-07-28Costa Rica Melia Cariari Hotel, San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica
Win17-3-1Venezuela Elio OrtizKO10 (12)2000-06-03Costa Rica Hotel Melia Cariari, San Jose, Costa RicaWBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Win16-3-1Dominican Republic Manuel De la RosaKO1 (12)2000-05-06Costa Rica San Jose, Costa RicaWBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
Win15-3-1Nicaragua German EspinalesKO4 (12)2000-04-07Costa Rica San Jose, Costa RicaWBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
Win14-3-1Venezuela Marco Antonio AvendanoTKO2 (12)2000-03-18Venezuela Turmero, VenezuelaWBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Draw13-3-1Cuba Diosbelys HurtadoTD2 (10)1999-11-27Puerto Rico Carolina, Puerto RicoAccidental head-butt
Win13-3Panama Giovanni DuranTKO4 (10)1999-09-25Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win12-3Panama Jose CordobaKO1 (12)1999-07-24Costa Rica San Jose, Costa RicaWBC FECARBOX welterweight title
Win11-3Nicaragua Walter PalaciosTKO8 (10)1999-06-12Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win10-3 Henry CastilloTKO7 (10)1999-04-24Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win9-3Panama Rafael ValdesKO1 (10)1999-03-13Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss8-3 Henry CastilloPTS10 (10)1998-09-13Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss8-2Nicaragua Roger Benito FloresUD10 (10)1998-05-16Nicaragua Gimansio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win8-1Nicaragua German EspinalesTKO4 (10)1998-01-06Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Win7-1Nicaragua Miguel Angel PerezTKO3 (10)1995-12-16Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Win6-1Nicaragua Adolfo MendezTKO2 (10)1995-09-30Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Win5-1 Benjamin RivasTKO8 (10)1995-02-18Nicaragua Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win4-1Nicaragua Miguel Angel PerezTKO6 (12)1995-01-28Nicaragua Managua, NicaraguaNicaraguan light welterweight title
Win3-1Costa Rica David SalgueraKO6 (10)1994-05-20Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win2-1 Miguel BaltazarKO3 (10)1994-02-16Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win1-1Costa Rica Jose MoralesKO3 (10)1994-02-01Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss0-1Costa Rica Humberto ArandaTKO6 (10)1993-08-29Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss0–3–0 (1)Sergio OrtizSubmission (armbar)Omega MMA / WSOF Central America: La RevanchaDecember 14, 201324:23Pharaoh's Casino, Managua, Nicaragua
Loss0–2–0 (1)Sergio OrtizDecision (split)CRF 6: Center Real FightsOctober 12, 201335:00San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss0–1–0 (1)René MartinezSubmission (guillotine choke)World Series of Fighting 1: Central AmericaJuly 27, 201311:45Estadio Nacional de Futbol, Managua, Nicaragua
NC0–0–0 (1)Wesley TifferNo Contest (illegal knee)Omega MMA: Battle of the AmericasMay 3, 201325:00Pharaoh's Casino, Managua, NicaraguaMMA 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