Ricardo Mayorga

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Ricardo Mayorga
Born Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 42)
Managua, Nicaragua
Other names El Matador ("The Matador")
Nationality Nicaraguan
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Division
Reach 69 in
Stance Orthodox
Years active
  • 1993–2011 (boxing)
  • 2013 (MMA)
  • 2014–present (boxing)
Professional boxing record
Total 41
Wins 31
By knockout 25
Losses 9
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
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez (born October 3, 1973), best known as Ricardo Mayorga, is a Nicaraguan professional boxer and former mixed martial artist. In boxing he is a former two-weight world champion, having held the unified WBA (Super), WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal welterweight titles in 2003, and the WBC super welterweight title from 2005 to 2006. Mayorga first became well-known to boxing fans upon being featured on the cover of The Ring's December 2003 issue, entitled "The craziest man in the sport: Mayorga lights up boxing." He has since maintained this infamous reputation with his relentless trash-talk in the build-up to most of his fights, as well as his smoking and drinking habits outside the ring.

Mayorga vs. Mosley II[edit]

Mayorga decided to make a comeback as a boxer and won two fights in 2014, after over three-and-a-half years since losing to Miguel Cotto. He was then scheduled to rematch Shane Mosley in a fight on pay-per-view at The Forum located in Inglewood, California on August 29, 2015.[1] Mosley would again defeat Mayorga, this time by KO in the sixth round.

Life after boxing[edit]

In the aftermath of his loss to the aforementioned Cotto, Mayorga went on record to state that he doesn't entirely dismiss the possibility of a comeback. Sources close to him predicted that he would return to the sport to face Antonio Margarito in a bout that would've supposedly been dubbed: "When villains collide", with the winner earning themselves one final shot at being able to resurrect their career and the loser permanently retiring from boxing – a fight that would've entertained fans not only at a press conference, but also inside the ring as well.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

On May 15, 2010 Mayorga was scheduled to make his professional MMA debut against UFC veteran Din Thomas on the Shine Fights: Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas card.[3] 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.[4] Later on the same day, Shine Fights officials conceded defeat in the matter and Mayorga was pulled off the card.[5]

Following his retirement from boxing, Mayorga decided to properly embark on a professional MMA career and faced Wesley Tiffer on May 3, 2013. He was kept on the ground but able to survive round 1. Tiffer continued to grapple with him on the ground until Mayorga landed a controversial and illegal knee to Tiffer's spine, that of which ultimately heard Tiffer screaming after the blow. Mayorga won via TKO after Tiffer didn't answer the bell for round 3. The Nicaraguan Mixed Martial Arts Commission declared the fight a No Contest for the illegal knee a week later on May 10, 2013 and also suspended Mayorga for 3 months for being 20 pounds over the contracted weight limit of 165-lbs.[6]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
42 fights 31 wins 9 losses
By knockout 25 6
By decision 6 3
Draws 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
42 Loss 31–9–1 (1) United States Shane Mosley KO 6 (12), 2:59 Aug 29, 2015 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
41 Win 31–8–1 (1) Mexico Andrik Saralegui RTD 5 (8), 0:10 Dec 20, 2014 Nicaragua Puerto Salvador Allende, Managua, Nicaragua
40 Win 30–8–1 (1) United States Allen Medina TKO 1 (6), 1:03 Sep 27, 2014 United States OKC Downtown Airpark, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
39 Loss 29–8–1 (1) Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto TKO 12 (12), 0:53 Mar 12, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA (Super) light middleweight title
38 Win 29–7–1 (1) United States Michael Walker TKO 9 (10), 1:09 Dec 17, 2010 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
37 Loss 28–7–1 (1) United States Shane Mosley KO 12 (12), 2:59 Sep 27, 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. For vacant WBA Inter-Continental light middleweight title
36 Win 28–6–1 (1) United States Fernando Vargas MD 12 Nov 23, 2007 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title
35 Loss 27–6–1 (1) United States Oscar De La Hoya TKO 6 (12), 1:25 May 6, 2006 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC light middleweight title
34 Win 27–5–1 (1) Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 Aug 13, 2005 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Won vacant WBC light middleweight title
33 Loss 26–5–1 (1) Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad TKO 8 (12), 2:39 Oct 2, 2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For vacant Native American Boxing Council middleweight title
32 Win 26–4–1 (1) United States Eric Mitchell UD 10 Apr 17, 2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
31 Loss 25–4–1 (1) United States Cory Spinks MD 12 Dec 13, 2003 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles,
For IBF welterweight title
30 Win 25–3–1 (1) United States Vernon Forrest MD 12 Jul 12, 2003 United States The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
29 Win 24–3–1 (1) United States Vernon Forrest TKO 3 (12), 2:06 Jan 25, 2003 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) welterweight title;
Won WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
28 Win 23–3–1 (1) Guyana Andrew Lewis TKO 5 (12), 1:08 Mar 30, 2002 United States Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S. Won WBA welterweight title
27 NC 22–3–1 (1) Guyana Andrew Lewis NC 2 (12), 0:07 Jul 28, 2001 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For WBA welterweight title;
NC after Lewis sustained a cut from accidental head clash
26 Win 22–3–1 Dominican Republic Elias Cruz TKO 3 (10), 2:48 Feb 3, 2001 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
25 Win 21–3–1 Venezuela Adolfo Salazar KO 1 (12), 0:41 Dec 16, 2000 Venezuela Forum Bicentenario, Maracay, Venezuela Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
24 Win 20–3–1 Panama Elvis Guerrero KO 2 (10) Nov 24, 2000 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
23 Win 19–3–1 Dominican Republic Feliberto Alvarez UD 12 Aug 31, 2000 Costa Rica Hotel Melia Cariari, San José, Costa Rica Won vacant WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
22 Win 18–3–1 Nicaragua Walter Palacios UD 10 Jul 28, 2000 Costa Rica Hotel Melia Cariari, Belén, Costa Rica
21 Win 17–3–1 Venezuela Elio Ortiz KO 10 (12) Jun 3, 2000 Costa Rica Hotel Melia Cariari, San José, Costa Rica Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
20 Win 16–3–1 Dominican Republic Manuel De la Rosa KO 1 (12) May 6, 2000 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica Retained WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
19 Win 15–3–1 Nicaragua German Espinales KO 4 (12) Apr 7, 2000 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica Won vacant WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
18 Win 14–3–1 Venezuela Marco Antonio Avendano TKO 2 (12) Mar 18, 2000 Venezuela Turmero, Venezuela Won WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
17 Draw 13–3–1 Cuba Diosbelys Hurtado TD 2 (10) Nov 27, 1999 Puerto Rico Carolina, Puerto Rico TD after an accidental head clash
16 Win 13–3 Panama Giovanni Duran TKO 4 (10) Sep 25, 1999 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
15 Win 12–3 Panama Jose Córdoba KO 1 (12) Jul 24, 1999 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica Won vacant WBC FECARBOX welterweight title
14 Win 11–3 Nicaragua Walter Palacios KO 8 (10) Jun 12, 1999 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
13 Win 10–3 Nicaragua Henry Castillo TKO 7 (10) Apr 24, 1999 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
12 Win 9–3 Panama Rafael Valdes KO 1 (10) Mar 13, 1999 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
11 Loss 8–3 Nicaragua Henry Castillo PTS 10 Sep 13, 1998 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
10 Loss 8–2 Nicaragua Roger Benito Flores UD 10 May 16, 1998 Nicaragua Gimnasio Alexis Argüello, Managua, Nicaragua
9 Win 8–1 Nicaragua German Espinales TKO 4 (10) Jan 6, 1998 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
8 Win 7–1 Nicaragua Miguel Angel Perez TKO 3 (10) Dec 16, 1995 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
7 Win 6–1 Nicaragua Adolfo Mendez TKO 2 (10) Sep 30, 1995 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
6 Win 5–1 Nicaragua Benjamin Rivas TKO 8 (10) Feb 18, 1995 Nicaragua Gimnasio Alexis Argüello, Managua, Nicaragua
5 Win 4–1 Nicaragua Miguel Angel Perez TKO 6 (12) Jan 28, 1995 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua Won vacant Nicaraguan light welterweight title
4 Win 3–1 Costa Rica David Salguera KO 6 (10) May 20, 1994 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
3 Win 2–1 Costa Rica Miguel Baltazar KO 3 (10) Feb 16, 1994 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
2 Win 1–1 Costa Rica Jose Morales KO 3 (10) Feb 1, 1994 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica
1 Loss 0–1 Costa Rica Humberto Aranda TKO 6 (10) Aug 29, 1993 Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
New title Nicaraguan light welterweight champion
January 28, 1995 – February 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Rosemberg Gomez
Vacant
Title last held by
Eric Hernandez
WBC FECARBOX welterweight champion
July 24, 1999 – September 1999
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jose Luis Cruz
Preceded by
Marco Antonio Avendano
WBA Fedelatin light middleweight champion
March 18, 2000 – July 28, 2001
Lost bid for world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Santiago Samaniego
Vacant
Title last held by
Humberto Aranda
WBC FECARBOX light middleweight champion
April 7, 2000 – July 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Carlos Bojorquez
Vacant
Title last held by
Kingsley Ikeke
WBC FECARBOX light middleweight champion
August 31, 2000 – September 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title last held by
Lucian Bute
WBC Continental Americas super middleweight champion
November 23, 2007 – April 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Adonis Stevenson
World titles
Preceded by
Andrew Lewis
WBA welterweight champion
March 30, 2002 – January 25, 2003
Promoted
Vacant
Title next held by
José Antonio Rivera
as Regular champion
New title WBA welterweight champion
Super title

January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
Succeeded by
Cory Spinks
Preceded by
Vernon Forrest
WBC welterweight champion
January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
The Ring welterweight champion
January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
Lineal welterweight champion
January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
Vacant
Title last held by
Javier Castillejo
stripped
WBC super welterweight champion
August 13, 2005 – May 6, 2006
Succeeded by
Oscar De La Hoya

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–3 (1) Sergio Ortiz Submission (armbar) World Series of Fighting 2: Central America December 14, 2013 2 4:23 Pharaoh's Casino, Managua, Nicaragua
Loss 0–2 (1) Sergio Ortiz Decision (split) CRF 6: Center Real Fights October 12, 2013 3 5:00 San José, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Loss 0–1 (1) René Martinez Submission (guillotine choke) World Series of Fighting 1: Central America July 27, 2013 1 1:45 Nicaragua National Football Stadium, Managua, Nicaragua
NC 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dan Rafael. "Notes: Mosley-Mayorga II in a tough spot". ESPN. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ricardo Mayorga Planning Yet Another Comeback: Wants Julio Cesar Chavez Junior Bout". Eastsideboxing.com. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Shine Fight announces "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas" for May 15 in North Carolina". Mmajunkie.com. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  4. ^ Knapp, Brian (2010-05-15). "Update: Mayorga Bout, Shine Fights Cancelled". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Mayorga Makes MMA Debut, Secures TKO Victory - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2013-05-04. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 

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