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Daily Darwin: Ricardo Mayorga

Anyone who is a regular here – or knows me well – understands that Ricardo Mayorga holds a very special place in my heart. To recap, he shocked more than just “the world” when he handed the previously unbeaten Vernon Forrest (35-0 at the time) his first loss ever, knocking him out in the 3rd round of their January 25th, 2003 fight. In fact, Mayorga’s unorthodox ways are well documented.

Therefore, it’s with great pleasure that I pronounce Ricardo Mayorga as the recipient of the Daily Darwin. Mayorga was just recently released from jail. Some of the recent legal problems he’s had include being

Jailed in Leon, 50 miles from Managua, on charges he never paid a local car dealer $56,000 for four cars. Local prosecutors dismissed the case as a civil matter, and he was to be released. But before he was set free, he was arrested again on Thursday [Feb. 1st] and jailed after three people accused him of writing bad checks worth $87,000. Mayorga was convicted last year of raping a 22-year-old woman at a Managua hotel.

Can anyone really say they’re shocked by this news given the fact that Mayorga smokes in the ring following victories, and is rumored to drink beer and go out partying while in training for fights? Clearly I’m not. I bet boxing promoters can’t wait to get him in the ring. After all, you know the formula right? (KO potential) x (# of Arrests) = pay per view buys.

Just for kicks, I dug up the post-fight interview with Mayorga smoking in the ring following his 3rd round TKO of Forrest on YouTube. Here it is (the smoking is at the end of the clip):

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