|Born||Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
October 3, 1973
|Other names||El Matador|
|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)|
|Fighting out of||Granada, Nicaragua|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
- 1 Professional Career
- 2 Life after Boxing
- 3 Mixed Martial Arts career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 powerful 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 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
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.
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
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.
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
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. 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. Later on the same day, Shine Fights officials conceded defeat in the matter and Mayorga was pulled off the card.
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.
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.
Professional boxing record
|30 Wins (24 knockouts, 6 decisions), 8 Losses (5 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest|
|Win||30-8-1 (1)||Allen Medina||TKO||1 (8)||2014-09-27||OKC Downtown Airpark, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Loss||29-8-1 (1)||Miguel Cotto||TKO||12 (12), 0:53||2011-03-12||MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||29-7-1 (1)||Michael Walker||TKO||9 (10), 1:09||2010-12-17||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida|
|Loss||28-7-1 (1)||Shane Mosley||KO||12 (12), 2:59||2008-09-27||The Home Depot Center, Carson, California||For vacant WBA Inter-Continental Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||28-6-1 (1)||Fernando Vargas||MD||12||2007-11-23||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||For vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.|
|Loss||27-6-1 (1)||Oscar De La Hoya||TKO||6 (12), 1:25||2006-05-06||MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||27-5-1 (1)||Michele Piccirillo||UD||12||2005-08-13||United Center, Chicago, Illinois||Won vacant WBC Light Middleweight title.|
|Loss||26-5-1 (1)||Félix Trinidad||TKO||8 (12), 2:39||2004-10-02||Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York||For vacant NABC Middleweight title.|
|Win||26-4-1 (1)||Eric Mitchell||UD||10||2004-04-17||Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York|
|Loss||25-4-1 (1)||Cory Spinks||MD||12||2003-12-13||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Lost The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
For IBF Welterweight title.
|Win||25-3-1 (1)||Vernon Forrest||MD||12||2003-07-12||The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.|
|Win||24-3-1 (1)||Vernon Forrest||TKO||3 (12), 2:06||2003-01-25||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California||Retained WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
Won The Ring & WBC Welterweight titles.
|Win||23-3-1 (1)||Andrew Lewis||TKO||5 (12), 1:08||2002-03-30||Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania||Won WBA (Super) Welterweight title.|
|NC||–||Andrew Lewis||NC||2 (12), 0:08||2001-07-28||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||For WBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||22-3-1||Elias Cruz||TKO||3 (10), 2:48||2001-02-03||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||21-3-1||Adolfo Salazar||KO||1 (12), 0:41||2000-12-16||Forum Bicentenario, Maracay||Retained WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||20-3-1||Elvis Guerrero||KO||2 (10)||2000-11-24||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Win||19-3-1||Feliberto Alvarez||UD||12 (12)||2000-08-31||Hotel Melia Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica||WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title|
|Win||18-3-1||Walter Palacios||UD||10 (10)||2000-07-28||Melia Cariari Hotel, San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica|
|Win||17-3-1||Elio Ortiz||KO||10 (12)||2000-06-03||Hotel Melia Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica||WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title|
|Win||16-3-1||Manuel De la Rosa||KO||1 (12)||2000-05-06||San Jose, Costa Rica||WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title|
|Win||15-3-1||German Espinales||KO||4 (12)||2000-04-07||San Jose, Costa Rica||WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title|
|Win||14-3-1||Marco Antonio Avendano||TKO||2 (12)||2000-03-18||Turmero, Venezuela||WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title|
|Draw||13-3-1||Diosbelys Hurtado||TD||2 (10)||1999-11-27||Carolina, Puerto Rico||Accidental head-butt|
|Win||13-3||Giovanni Duran||TKO||4 (10)||1999-09-25||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Win||12-3||Jose Cordoba||KO||1 (12)||1999-07-24||San Jose, Costa Rica||WBC FECARBOX welterweight title|
|Win||11-3||Walter Palacios||TKO||8 (10)||1999-06-12||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Win||10-3||Henry Castillo||TKO||7 (10)||1999-04-24||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Win||9-3||Rafael Valdes||KO||1 (10)||1999-03-13||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Loss||8-3||Henry Castillo||PTS||10 (10)||1998-09-13||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Loss||8-2||Roger Benito Flores||UD||10 (10)||1998-05-16||Gimansio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua|
|Win||8-1||German Espinales||TKO||4 (10)||1998-01-06||Managua, Nicaragua|
|Win||7-1||Miguel Angel Perez||TKO||3 (10)||1995-12-16||Managua, Nicaragua|
|Win||6-1||Adolfo Mendez||TKO||2 (10)||1995-09-30||Managua, Nicaragua|
|Win||5-1||Benjamin Rivas||TKO||8 (10)||1995-02-18||Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua|
|Win||4-1||Miguel Angel Perez||TKO||6 (12)||1995-01-28||Managua, Nicaragua||Nicaraguan light welterweight title|
|Win||3-1||David Salguera||KO||6 (10)||1994-05-20||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Win||2-1||Miguel Baltazar||KO||3 (10)||1994-02-16||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Win||1-1||Jose Morales||KO||3 (10)||1994-02-01||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Loss||0-1||Humberto Aranda||TKO||6 (10)||1993-08-29||San Jose, Costa Rica|
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|4 matches||0 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||0–3–0 (1)||Sergio Ortiz||Submission (armbar)||Omega MMA / WSOF Central America: La Revancha||December 14, 2013||2||4:23||Pharaoh's Casino, Managua, Nicaragua|
|Loss||0–2–0 (1)||Sergio Ortiz||Decision (split)||CRF 6: Center Real Fights||October 12, 2013||3||5:00||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Loss||0–1–0 (1)||René Martinez||Submission (guillotine choke)||World Series of Fighting 1: Central America||July 27, 2013||1||1:45||Estadio Nacional de Futbol, Managua, Nicaragua|
|NC||0–0–0 (1)||Wesley Tiffer||No Contest (illegal knee)||Omega MMA: Battle of the Americas||May 3, 2013||2||5:00||Pharaoh's Casino, Managua, Nicaragua||MMA debut, Original TKO win.|
- "Ricardo Mayorga Planning Yet Another Comeback: Wants Julio Cesar Chavez Junior Bout". 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
- "Shine Fight announces "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas" for May 15 in North Carolina". 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- Official Website
- Ricardo Mayorga Fight-by-Fight Career Record
- Professional boxing record for Ricardo Mayorga from BoxRec
|WBA Welterweight Champion
March 30, 2002 – January 25, 2003
José Antonio Rivera
as Regular champion
|WBA Welterweight Super Champion
January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
|WBC Welterweight Champion
The Ring Welterweight Champion
January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
|WBC Junior Middleweight Champion
August 13, 2005 – May 6, 2006
Oscar De La Hoya