Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:23

Ricardo Mayorga: Wild man of boxing set to return

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The controversial, highly colorful Ricardo Mayorga (28-8-1, 23 KOs) is back in training in Las Vegas.
A former two division world champion, the 40 year old Mayorga will look to step in the ring for the first time since losing to Miguel Cotto three years ago.

After the match, Mayorga announced his retirement from boxing, insisting it was "time to find a new job".

Mayorga embarked on a career in mixed martial arts (MMA) and went 0-3-1, dropping one bout by decision and two submission.

Although he most recently boxed as a junior middleweight (154 lb limit) in 2011, the MMA-version of Mayorga sometimes competed at upwards of 180-185 lbs, often looking sluggish and flabby.

In March 2013, it was rumored Mayorga would face undefeated Russian middleweight Dmitry Chudinov on the undercard of the Denis Lebedev vs. Guillermo Jones fight, but that bout never came to fruition and Mayorga insists he's no longer interested in facing Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KO)  since the WBA has stripped the latter of its interim belt.

Can the enigmatic Nicaraguan get lean and mean once again, and subsequently make a successful run?

Ricardo's opponent and return date have yet to be determined.

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Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.

A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.

Lee created FightSaga.com to honor and preserve boxing's rich heritage, chronicle the achievements of top fighters, celebrate the legacy of big fights and provide a fun, educational experience for fight fans.