Ricardo Mayorga

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Ricardo Mayorga
Born Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 40)
Managua, Nicaragua
Other names El Matador
Nationality Nicaragua Nicaragua
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Division Light Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
Light Middleweight (154 lb)
Middleweight (160 lb)
Super Middleweight (168 lb)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Granada, Nicaragua
Years active 1993–2011
2013–present
Professional boxing record
Total 38
Wins 29
By knockout 23
Losses 8
By knockout 5
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 4
Wins 0
Losses 3
By submission 2
By decision 1
No contests 1
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 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.

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 had been 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 flush hooks. 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.

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]

29 Wins (23 knockouts, 6 decisions), 8 Losses (5 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest[6]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
N/A N/A United States Allen Medina N/A - (8) 2014-09-27 United States OKC Downtown Airpark, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Loss 29-8-1 (1) Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto TKO 12 (12), 0:53 2011-03-12 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.
Win 29-7-1 (1) United States Michael Walker TKO 9 (10), 1:09 2010-12-17 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Loss 28-7-1 (1) United States Shane Mosley KO 12 (12), 2:59 2008-09-27 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California For vacant WBA Inter-Continental Light Middleweight title.
Win 28-6-1 (1) United States Fernando Vargas MD 12 2007-11-23 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California For vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Loss 27-6-1 (1) United States Oscar De La Hoya TKO 6 (12), 1:25 2006-05-06 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC Light Middleweight title.
Win 27-5-1 (1) Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 2005-08-13 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois Won vacant WBC Light Middleweight title.
Loss 26-5-1 (1) Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad TKO 8 (12), 2:39 2004-10-02 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York For vacant NABC Middleweight title.
Win 26-4-1 (1) United States Eric Mitchell UD 10 2004-04-17 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York
Loss 25-4-1 (1) United States Cory Spinks MD 12 2003-12-13 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Lost The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
For IBF Welterweight title.
Win 25-3-1 (1) United States Vernon Forrest MD 12 2003-07-12 United States The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
Win 24-3-1 (1) United States Vernon Forrest TKO 3 (12), 2:06 2003-01-25 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California Retained WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
Won The Ring & WBC Welterweight titles.
Win 23-3-1 (1) Guyana Andrew Lewis TKO 5 (12), 1:08 2002-03-30 United States Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania Won WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
NC Guyana Andrew Lewis NC 2 (12), 0:08 2001-07-28 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California For WBA Welterweight title.
Win 22-3-1 Dominican Republic Elias Cruz TKO 3 (10), 2:48 2001-02-03 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21-3-1 Venezuela Adolfo Salazar KO 1 (12), 0:41 2000-12-16 Venezuela Forum Bicentenario, Maracay Retained WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight title.
Win 20-3-1 Panama Elvis Guerrero KO 2 (10) 2000-11-24 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 19-3-1 Dominican Republic Feliberto Alvarez UD 12 (12) 2000-08-31 Costa Rica Hotel Melia Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
Win 18-3-1 Nicaragua Walter Palacios UD 10 (10) 2000-07-28 Costa Rica Melia Cariari Hotel, San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica
Win 17-3-1 Venezuela Elio Ortiz KO 10 (12) 2000-06-03 Costa Rica Hotel Melia Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Win 16-3-1 Dominican Republic Manuel De la Rosa KO 1 (12) 2000-05-06 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
Win 15-3-1 Nicaragua German Espinales KO 4 (12) 2000-04-07 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
Win 14-3-1 Venezuela Marco Antonio Avendano TKO 2 (12) 2000-03-18 Venezuela Turmero, Venezuela WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Draw 13-3-1 Cuba Diosbelys Hurtado TD 2 (10) 1999-11-27 Puerto Rico Carolina, Puerto Rico Accidental head-butt
Win 13-3 Panama Giovanni Duran TKO 4 (10) 1999-09-25 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 12-3 Panama Jose Cordoba KO 1 (12) 1999-07-24 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica WBC FECARBOX welterweight title
Win 11-3 Nicaragua Walter Palacios TKO 8 (10) 1999-06-12 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 10-3 Henry Castillo TKO 7 (10) 1999-04-24 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 9-3 Panama Rafael Valdes KO 1 (10) 1999-03-13 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss 8-3 Henry Castillo PTS 10 (10) 1998-09-13 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss 8-2 Nicaragua Roger Benito Flores UD 10 (10) 1998-05-16 Nicaragua Gimansio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 8-1 Nicaragua German Espinales TKO 4 (10) 1998-01-06 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Win 7-1 Nicaragua Miguel Angel Perez TKO 3 (10) 1995-12-16 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Win 6-1 Nicaragua Adolfo Mendez TKO 2 (10) 1995-09-30 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Win 5-1 Benjamin Rivas TKO 8 (10) 1995-02-18 Nicaragua Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 4-1 Nicaragua Miguel Angel Perez TKO 6 (12) 1995-01-28 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua Nicaraguan light welterweight title
Win 3-1 Costa Rica David Salguera KO 6 (10) 1994-05-20 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 2-1 Miguel Baltazar KO 3 (10) 1994-02-16 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 1-1 Costa Rica Jose Morales KO 3 (10) 1994-02-01 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss 0-1 Costa Rica Humberto Aranda TKO 6 (10) 1993-08-29 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–3–0 (1) Costa Rica Sergio Ortiz Submission (armbar) Omega MMA / WSOF Central America: La Revancha December 14, 2013 2 4:23 Nicaragua Pharaoh's Casino, Managua
Loss 0–2–0 (1) Costa Rica Sergio Ortiz Decision (split) CRF 6: Center Real Fights October 12, 2013 3 5:00 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss 0–1–0 (1) United States René Martinez Submission (guillotine choke) World Series of Fighting 1: Central America July 27, 2013 1 1:45 Nicaragua Estadio Nacional de Futbol, Managua
NC 0–0–0 (1) Canada Wesley Tiffer No Contest (illegal knee) Omega MMA: Battle of the Americas May 3, 2013 2 5:00 Nicaragua Pharaoh's Casino, Managua MMA 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