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Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez (born October 3, 1973) 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.

Ricardo Mayorga
BornRicardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 46)
Managua, Nicaragua
Other namesEl Matador ("The Matador") "El Loco"
NationalityNicaraguan
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Division
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Professional boxing record
Total46
Wins32
By knockout26
Losses12
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec

Professional boxing careerEdit

Mayorga vs. Mosley IIEdit

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.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

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.[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]

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.[5]

Life outside of boxingEdit

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.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
46 fights 32 wins 12 losses
By knockout 26 9
By decision 6 3
Draws 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
46 Loss 32–12–1 (1)   Lester Martinez TKO 2 (6), 2:59 Apr 6, 2019   Cancha de Futeca, Guatemala City, Guatemala
45 Loss 32–11–1 (1)   Rodolfo Gomez Jr. TKO 8 (10), 1:29 Apr 7, 2018   Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
44 Loss 32–10–1 (1)   Andrey Sirotkin RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Nov 3, 2017   Trade Union Sport Palace, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia For vacant WBA Inter-Continental super middleweight title
43 Win 32–9–1 (1)   Jeudiel Zepeda TKO 3 (10), 2:50 Apr 1, 2017   Chaman Bar, Managua, Nicaragua
42 Loss 31–9–1 (1)   Shane Mosley KO 6 (12), 2:59 Aug 29, 2015   The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
41 Win 31–8–1 (1)   Andrik Saralegui RTD 5 (8), 0:10 Dec 20, 2014   Puerto Salvador Allende, Managua, Nicaragua
40 Win 30–8–1 (1)   Allen Medina TKO 1 (6), 1:03 Sep 27, 2014   OKC Downtown Airpark, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
39 Loss 29–8–1 (1)   Miguel Cotto TKO 12 (12), 0:53 Mar 12, 2011   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA (Super) light middleweight title
38 Win 29–7–1 (1)   Michael Walker TKO 9 (10), 1:09 Dec 17, 2010   American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
37 Loss 28–7–1 (1)   Shane Mosley KO 12 (12), 2:59 Sep 27, 2008   Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. For vacant WBA Inter-Continental light middleweight title
36 Win 28–6–1 (1)   Fernando Vargas MD 12 Nov 23, 2007   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title
35 Loss 27–6–1 (1)   Oscar De La Hoya TKO 6 (12), 1:25 May 6, 2006   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC light middleweight title
34 Win 27–5–1 (1)   Michele Piccirillo UD 12 Aug 13, 2005   United Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Won vacant WBC light middleweight title
33 Loss 26–5–1 (1)   Félix Trinidad TKO 8 (12), 2:39 Oct 2, 2004   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For vacant North American Boxing Council middleweight title
32 Win 26–4–1 (1)   Eric Mitchell UD 10 Apr 17, 2004   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
31 Loss 25–4–1 (1)   Cory Spinks MD 12 Dec 13, 2003   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)   Vernon Forrest MD 12 Jul 12, 2003   The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC, WBA (Super), The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
29 Win 24–3–1 (1)   Vernon Forrest TKO 3 (12), 2:06 Jan 25, 2003   Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S. Won WBA (Super) welterweight title;
Won WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
28 Win 23–3–1 (1)   Andrew Lewis TKO 5 (12), 1:08 Mar 30, 2002   Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S. Won WBA welterweight title
27 NC 22–3–1 (1)   Andrew Lewis NC 2 (12), 0:07 Jul 28, 2001   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For WBA welterweight title;
NC after Lewis was cut from an accidental head clash
26 Win 22–3–1   Elias Cruz TKO 3 (10), 2:48 Feb 3, 2001   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
25 Win 21–3–1   Adolfo Salazar KO 1 (12), 0:41 Dec 16, 2000   Forum Bicentenario, Maracay, Venezuela Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
24 Win 20–3–1   Elvis Guerrero KO 2 (10) Nov 24, 2000   San José, Costa Rica
23 Win 19–3–1   Feliberto Alvarez UD 12 Aug 31, 2000   Hotel Melia Cariari, San José, Costa Rica Won vacant WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
22 Win 18–3–1   Walter Palacios UD 10 Jul 28, 2000   Hotel Melia Cariari, Belén, Costa Rica
21 Win 17–3–1   Elio Ortiz KO 10 (12) Jun 3, 2000   Hotel Melia Cariari, San José, Costa Rica Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
20 Win 16–3–1   Manuel De la Rosa KO 1 (12) May 6, 2000   San José, Costa Rica Retained WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
19 Win 15–3–1   German Espinales KO 4 (12) Apr 7, 2000   San José, Costa Rica Won vacant WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
18 Win 14–3–1   Marco Antonio Avendano TKO 2 (12) Mar 18, 2000   Turmero, Venezuela Won WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
17 Draw 13–3–1   Diosbelys Hurtado TD 2 (10) Nov 27, 1999   Carolina, Puerto Rico TD after an accidental head clash
16 Win 13–3   Giovanni Duran TKO 4 (10) Sep 25, 1999   San José, Costa Rica
15 Win 12–3   Jose Córdoba KO 1 (12) Jul 24, 1999   San José, Costa Rica Won vacant WBC FECARBOX welterweight title
14 Win 11–3   Walter Palacios KO 8 (10) Jun 12, 1999   San José, Costa Rica
13 Win 10–3   Henry Castillo TKO 7 (10) Apr 24, 1999   San José, Costa Rica
12 Win 9–3   Rafael Valdes KO 1 (10) Mar 13, 1999   San José, Costa Rica
11 Loss 8–3   Henry Castillo PTS 10 Sep 13, 1998   San José, Costa Rica
10 Loss 8–2   Roger Benito Flores UD 10 May 16, 1998   Gimnasio Alexis Argüello, Managua, Nicaragua
9 Win 8–1   German Espinales TKO 4 (10) Jan 6, 1998   Managua, Nicaragua
8 Win 7–1   Miguel Angel Perez TKO 3 (10) Dec 16, 1995   Managua, Nicaragua
7 Win 6–1   Adolfo Mendez TKO 2 (10) Sep 30, 1995   Managua, Nicaragua
6 Win 5–1   Benjamin Rivas TKO 8 (10) Feb 18, 1995   Gimnasio Alexis Argüello, Managua, Nicaragua
5 Win 4–1   Miguel Angel Perez TKO 6 (12) Jan 28, 1995   Managua, Nicaragua Won vacant Nicaraguan light welterweight title
4 Win 3–1   David Salguera KO 6 (10) May 20, 1994   San José, Costa Rica
3 Loss 2–1   Humberto Aranda TKO 6 (10) Aug 29, 1993   San José, Costa Rica
2 Win 2–0   Jose Miguel Alvarado RTD 5 (8) Aug 13, 1993   Gimnasio Municipal, Desamparados, Costa Rica
1 Win 1–0   Jose Morales KO 3 (10) Jul 20, 1993   San José, Costa Rica Professional debut

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
4 matches 0 wins 3 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 0 2
By decision 0 1
By disqualification 0 0
No contests 1
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 Originally a TKO win; result overturned

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dan Rafael. "Notes: Mosley-Mayorga II in a tough spot". ESPN. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Shine Fight announces "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas" for May 15 in North Carolina". Mmajunkie.com. 2010-02-24. Archived from the original on 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
  3. ^ Knapp, Brian (2010-05-15). "Update: Mayorga Bout, Shine Fights Cancelled". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Mayorga Makes MMA Debut, Secures TKO Victory - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2013-05-04. Retrieved 2016-09-17.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Inaugural champion 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 boxing 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