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March 12, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Miguel Cotto hasn't enjoyed his recent late-round experiences in this town, but as he entered the 12th round against world-title challenger Ricardo Mayorga on Saturday night, Cotto achieved some measure of atonement. Producing a spirited effort in a hard-punching battle with the ferocious Nicaraguan, Cotto unleashed a wicked left hook that first wobbled Mayorga, then sent him kneeling to the canvas. The rattled Mayorga looked to pause the action, explaining later that a Cotto punch in the flurry caused him to feel "my thumb touch the back of my hand.
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March 12, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Miguel Cotto hasn't enjoyed his recent late-round experiences in this town, but as he entered the 12th round against world-title challenger Ricardo Mayorga on Saturday night, Cotto achieved some measure of atonement. Producing a spirited effort in a hard-punching battle with the ferocious Nicaraguan, Cotto unleashed a wicked left hook that first wobbled Mayorga, then sent him kneeling to the canvas. The rattled Mayorga looked to pause the action, explaining later that a Cotto punch in the flurry caused him to feel "my thumb touch the back of my hand.
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November 25, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
It's probably going too far to say Ricardo Mayorga had some sense pounded into him Friday night. Especially given the way Fernando Vargas punched him throughout most of their 12-round bout at Staples Center. But regardless of the reason, it's not going too far to say Mayorga was a different man after outlasting Vargas to win a majority decision.
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March 11, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Leverage is everything, and for Baltimore Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski, that means boxing for a living should the NFL season not happen. The 25-year-old former Notre Dame star is preparing to earn $10,000 for no more than 12 minutes of work Saturday night. With a restricted free-agent tender deal from the Ravens on the table, Zbikowski will return to the pro boxing ring at MGM Grand in Las Vegas against 35-year-old Richard Bryant in a four-round heavyweight fight. Zbikowski is back in the ring after a five-year hiatus, necessitated by his NFL preparation.
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May 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former World Boxing Council super-welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga tested positive for a banned substance after losing his title to Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Hotel. Mayorga could be fined by the Nevada Athletic Commission after traces of the diuretic Furosemide, also known as Lasix, were found in his system, commission lawyer Keith Kizer said Thursday. Kizer said boxing regulators notified Mayorga of the violation Wednesday.
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October 2, 2004 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
It has been two years, four months and 20 days since Felix Trinidad last fought, two years, four months and 20 days since he looked an opponent in the face with that disarming, boyish smile, then stalked his man across the ring and unleashed a flurry of punches that have rendered fighter after fighter senseless. Tonight, Trinidad returns, emerging from retirement to face Ricardo Mayorga in a 160-pound bout at New York's Madison Square Garden.
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September 27, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Ten months ago, in the despair of a hard-fought unanimous-decision loss to then-world welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Pomona's Shane Mosley admitted retirement crossed his mind. He resolved instead to fight on, insisting he'd restrict his future bouts only to major events. Mosley (44-5, 37 knockouts) was pitted in a non-title fight against another veteran beaten by Cotto, Zab Judah. But when Judah was injured in a training camp tantrum, Mosley's May bout was canceled.
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November 23, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
The time for taunting, teasing and trash-talking is over. Now it's time for Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga to settle things in the ring. The two former world champions weighed in Thursday at 164 pounds for tonight's 12-round pay-per-view super-middleweight bout at Staples Center. And the afternoon weigh-in was just about the only appearance by the two fighters that didn't end with the boxers brawling with one another. But then there has been a lot of time for bad blood to build up.
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May 6, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Oscar De La Hoya versus Ricardo Mayorga. Two years ago, it wouldn't even have been a fight. It would have been a glorified sparring session, according to many boxing observers. "Because of Oscar's skill level," said boxing manager Tom Loeffler, "this was definitely a mismatch two years ago. It will be interesting to see where Oscar's skill level is now." Two years ago, De La Hoya's mobility and boxing skills would have left Mayorga confused and frustrated.
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November 23, 2007 | BILL DWYRE
It's difficult to get real warm and fuzzy about Fernando Vargas. Sure, he's a boxer and you aren't expected to take them home and toss them in the crib with the baby. But with Vargas, it's a special challenge. You need to get past the tattoos, the six-inch diamond-studded cross necklace, the Rolex that hangs loosely from his left wrist, the limos, the entourage and all the gang-speak. As in, "Friday, we gonna be kickin' some ass, bro."
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March 11, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Miguel Cotto understands the value of redemption, and to get there requires a successful title defense Saturday night against Nicaraguan madman Ricardo Mayorga. Should he do the expected as an 8-to-1 Las Vegas betting favorite and keep the World Boxing Assn. super-welterweight belt in a pay-per-view bout at MGM Grand, Puerto Rico's Cotto (35-2, 28 knockouts) has agreed to make his nemesis, Antonio Margarito, his next opponent in July. "Miguel has taken some horrific beatings, but he's always retained his dignity and the thing I always talk to him about is the importance of signature fights," said Emanuel Steward, Cotto's Hall of Fame trainer.
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March 7, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
The carnival barkers brought the show to a place where they buy ink by the barrel. It was Don King and Bob Arum, together again. Stop the presses. Sentimentality may dictate that we wipe away a tear. If you know boxing, you know that these two didn't merely define the art of promoting fights, they all but invented it. Keep a hand on your wallet. If you've got a used car to sell, give them five minutes. Speaking of cars, their visit Monday to The Times was to sing the praises of two fighters who are 50,000 miles past their warranty.
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September 28, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
"Sugar" Shane Mosley says he's saved the best for the last years of his career, and he applied the same formula on Ricardo Mayorga Saturday night. Mosley knocked out Mayorga with one second remaining in their 12-round non-title super-welterweight fight at Home Depot Center in Carson, landing a devastating left hook on Mayorga's jaw that came only seconds after he had sent Mayorga to the canvas with a three-punch combination highlighted by a stiff left hook.
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September 27, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Ten months ago, in the despair of a hard-fought unanimous-decision loss to then-world welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Pomona's Shane Mosley admitted retirement crossed his mind. He resolved instead to fight on, insisting he'd restrict his future bouts only to major events. Mosley (44-5, 37 knockouts) was pitted in a non-title fight against another veteran beaten by Cotto, Zab Judah. But when Judah was injured in a training camp tantrum, Mosley's May bout was canceled.
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November 25, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
It's probably going too far to say Ricardo Mayorga had some sense pounded into him Friday night. Especially given the way Fernando Vargas punched him throughout most of their 12-round bout at Staples Center. But regardless of the reason, it's not going too far to say Mayorga was a different man after outlasting Vargas to win a majority decision.
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November 23, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
The time for taunting, teasing and trash-talking is over. Now it's time for Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga to settle things in the ring. The two former world champions weighed in Thursday at 164 pounds for tonight's 12-round pay-per-view super-middleweight bout at Staples Center. And the afternoon weigh-in was just about the only appearance by the two fighters that didn't end with the boxers brawling with one another. But then there has been a lot of time for bad blood to build up.
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July 13, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Vernon Forrest stood on the ropes in the corner, arms raised toward the ceiling of Orleans Arena on Saturday night, and waited for ring announcer Jimmy Lennon to certify Forrest had indeed beaten Ricardo Mayorga. When Lennon instead announced Mayorga had defended the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Assn.
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May 7, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
So much for the fears of rust, the doubts about focus and resolve, the concern over a year and a half of soft living. So much for the idea that, at 33, Oscar De La Hoya belonged in a board room, on a putting green or in his baby's nursery. Anywhere but the ring.
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November 23, 2007 | BILL DWYRE
It's difficult to get real warm and fuzzy about Fernando Vargas. Sure, he's a boxer and you aren't expected to take them home and toss them in the crib with the baby. But with Vargas, it's a special challenge. You need to get past the tattoos, the six-inch diamond-studded cross necklace, the Rolex that hangs loosely from his left wrist, the limos, the entourage and all the gang-speak. As in, "Friday, we gonna be kickin' some ass, bro."
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May 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former World Boxing Council super-welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga tested positive for a banned substance after losing his title to Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Hotel. Mayorga could be fined by the Nevada Athletic Commission after traces of the diuretic Furosemide, also known as Lasix, were found in his system, commission lawyer Keith Kizer said Thursday. Kizer said boxing regulators notified Mayorga of the violation Wednesday.
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