By Pablo Fletes, notifight.com
Two-division former world champion Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga, who is regared as the most controversial fighter in the history of professional pugilism in Nicaragua, is back.
And he will get in the ring this Saturday, when he faces the Mexican fighter Jaudiel Zepeda, in the main event of a card being staged by Bufalo Boxing Promotions at Chamán Discoteca, which is in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua.
Mayorga has not fought since August 2015, when he was outclassed and stopped by former world champion Shane Mosley.
In December of 2014, he overcame the challenge of Mexican fighter Andrik Saralegui. But the former champ has been inactive for a long time, he recently turned 44, but none of this has prevented him from focusing on a return to the ring in what is obviously the final stretch of his career.
Mayorga, with the support of former world champion Rosendo Álvarez and his wife Ruth Rodríguez, who director of the company Bufalo Boxing Promotions, are planning to match him against former world champions Antonio Margarito and Luis Ramón "Yori Boy" Campas later this year.
There is a lot of motivation from Mayorga to get his hands on Margarito, who himself came back to boxing last year after several years of retirement.
Mayorga has faced the best boxers of his time, and beat fighters like Andrew Lewis, Vernon Forrest, Michele Piccirillo and Fernando Vargas, but lost to other top fighters like Felix "Tito" Trinidad, Oscar De la Hoya, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.
"I physically feel good for this fight. I did a good job at the gym, with good runs," Mayorga said when discussing Saturday's commitment. "I have to look good in this fight, I'm going to knock him out in the third round, although I wanted to beat him in the first round."
"I want to get an impressive knockout.I want to put my hands on him. I'm going to land hard shots to his stomach and face in the second round, give him some time to survive so I can provide a good spectacle for the fans. I want to be world champion again, I want a new title opportunity - and I hope to get it."
Mayorga will enter the ring with a record of 31-9-1, 25 KOs. Zepeda, however, will do so with a negative record of 12-17-1, 9 knockouts. Mayorga has been prepared under the orders of his coach Luis Leon and hopes to prove that he still has the batteries to burn in professional boxing, something that looks difficult for a 44-year-old fighter with such a hectic life both inside and outside the ring.