By Miguel Rivera
As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, former world champion Ricardo 'Matador' Mayorga will return to the ring next Friday, November 3, at the age of 44.
And in the event of a loss, the boxer has guaranteed that he will finally hang up his gloves. However, if he wins, he plans to have a world title fight on the 3rd of February.
Mayorga, who was a welterweight and super welterweight champion just over 10 years ago, will face undefeated Andrey Sirotkin in Russia for the World Boxing Council's silver super middleweight title. Mayorga will be accompanied by former world champion Rosendo Alvarez.
Mayorga returned in 2017 after last fighting in 2015, when he was knocked out in his rematch with Shane Mosley. His retirement was forgotten when he faced Mexico's Jaudiel Zepeda in a clash that was set for the Nicaraguan veteran to shake off the rust.
The unbeaten Russian has a record of 13-0 and 3 knockouts - against Mayorga's mark of 32-9-1 and 26 knockouts.
"If I lose - I will have to buy a nail and a hammer to hang up my gloves. And if I win I can fight on February 3 for a world title," Mayorga said to ESPN Deportes. "It's a fact, if I lose everything has its time.
"I want to be there (in Russia) to put my hands on him, to vent my anger with him.I feel that I am going to knock him out in two rounds to bring the title back home. On that day, I want the Nicaraguan people to see me win fast, to show the people that I still have it."
Regarding Mayorga's trip and the support he has given him, Alvarez stated:
"Personally, I feel very proud to be able to help a man who is in a good moment. He is considered a showman of the boxing world and the same one I met since 1987, in the ranks of the Sandinista people's army when we were performing patriotic military service as an athlete... he was 15 years old and I was 18 years old."