posted on Jul, 14 2003 @ 12:10 AM
Associated Press - July 13, 2003
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Ricardo Mayorga, a fun-loving, free-spirited brawler, is looking for somebody new to mix it up with.
And he's hoping that person will be Oscar De La Hoya.
``My purpose right now is to fight Oscar De La Hoya. Honestly, I dislike him,'' Mayorga said, speaking through an interpreter. ``I will fight in any
Mayorga beat Vernon Forrest for the second time in less than six months on Saturday night, taking a majority decision to successfully defend his WBC
and WBA welterweight titles. In January, Mayorga stopped Forrest in the third round.
The 29-year-old boxer from Managua, Nicaragua, was impressive in both fights against the former WBC champion, although one judge scored the rematch a
draw and another had Mayorga winning by one point. The other judge favored him 116-112.
Before he lost to Mayorga last Jan. 25 in Temecula, California, Forrest had beaten Shane Mosley in successive bouts. Mosley beat De La Hoya in a
12-round decision in 2000 in Los Angeles.
De La Hoya first has a rematch with Mosley scheduled for Sept. 13.
Forrest was undefeated in 35 bouts going into his first meeting with Mayorga. In their second fight, Forrest succeeded only in going the distance.
During the first match, Forrest tried to slug it out and didn't make it past three rounds. He circled and jabbed in the rematch.
With more hand speed and strength than finesse, Mayorga relentlessly stalked him, rocked him several times but couldn't put him down.
``I would have looked better if he had traded punches with me,'' Mayorga said. ``It's hard to look good when you're doing so much chasing.''
Judge Ove Oveson scored it 116-112 for Mayorga, and Larry O'Connell had Mayorga winning 115-114. Jerry Roth scored it 114-114.
``I proved that the first time I beat him wasn't a fluke. I proved that I could take a punch and go 12 rounds,'' the champion said.
Mayorga even gave Forrest a couple of free shots at his face in the fourth round.
After Forrest landed a stiff jab, Mayorga lowed his gloves and stuck his chin out. Forrest hit him with a couple of quick combinations, but Mayorga
hardly flinched. Then he went after Forrest, landing blows as Forrest slipped away on the ropes.
The crowd at the Orleans Hotel Arena stood and cheered wildly.
By the 11th round, he already was holding up his arms in triumph.
He did have some kind words for Forrest, who did not speak to reporters after his loss.
``He fought a lot better this time,'' Mayorga said. ``He could have beaten most welterweights.''
Mayorga improved his record to 25-1-3, with one no-contest and 22 knockouts. Forrest is 35-2, with 26 knockouts.