Aging Matador, Ricardo Mayorga Stopped by Pro Debut in Two, Won’t Retire
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: By Omar Solis, publicnews.gt
Guatemala City, Guatemala (April, 8th, 2019)– Aging overweight 46-year-old former World Welterweight champion Ricardo ‘Matador’ Mayorga, returning to the ring at light heavyweight after a year of inactivity, got stopped, out on his feet on the ropes, in the second round by debuting Guatemalan amateur star Lester Martinez in his hometown of Guatemala City, Guatemala on a 10 bout card April 6, 2019. Martinez, half Mayorga’s age, showed no respect, and wisely closed the show early.
It was doom from the start for the aging and washed up Mayorga, who has been stopped by his last four opponents with winning records, in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Mayorga, who refuses to retire, has said he wants to fight twice more. It should not be allowed.
Mayorga, 32-12-1 with 26 knockouts, Managua, Nicaragua, took a horrible beating from the heavy power shots thrown by the debuting 23-year-old Lester Martinez. Fighting on courage alone, Mayorga tried to compete, but by the second round, his legs were gone, and he appeared as he was-out of shape, confused and exhausted, a punch drunk matador, whose skills were only memories.
Mayorga was an easy target. Having shown up just for a payday, over 1500 enthusiastic Guatemalan boxing fans watched Mayorga take a beating on the ropes in a corner. Martinez briefly backed off in disbelief, both he and the referee wondering why the legendary and now defenseless Mayorga would just stay on the ropes and allow himself to be distastefully tortured. Martinez then moved in for the kill, and finished off the helpless Mayorga off. It was cruel to watch the end, and it appeared doubtful the colorful Mayorga had prepared for the bout. Mayorga has always let his mouth do the talking, but the old yet proud welterweight champion’s mouth could not save him in a ridiculous just for the payday light heavyweight bout, near the probable bittersweet end of his boxing road.
Boxing fans sometimes enjoy watching boxing at its best. Mayorga, at his worst, showed up in Guatemala to serve as a piece of meat to be pounded on by the local lion. Martinez punched Mayorga silly until the referee had seen enough. Is it the last we’ve seen of Ricardo Mayorga in the ring? By his word, it is not. If Mayorga fights again, it will not be pleasant to watch. At 166 pounds, Mayorga should retire and choose another profession.
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