Ricardo Mayorga ate his way out of a title fight, but he did get a win. Mayorga, whose fight with WBA welterweight champion Jose Rivera was called off
when he weighed in 6 1/2 pounds over the 147-pound limit, won a unanimous 10-round decision Saturday night over late substitute Eric Mitchell.
The crowd booed the fight, which preceded two heavyweight title fights at Madison Square Garden, but Mayorga won by wide margins on all three
A contingent of Rivera fans chanted their fighter's name and held up signs protesting the fact he wasn't fighting.
Rivera made the weight limit at Friday's weigh-in, but refused to fight Mayorga unless he also made the limit. Rivera protested to the New York State
Athletic Commission saying he wanted half of his $250,000 purse and a percentage of Mayorga's $200,000 purse.
Commission chairman Ron Scott Stevens said he would meet with the two camps on Monday if the matter isn't resolved by then to come to a resolution.
Mayorga, who lost his welterweight titles in December to Cory Spinks, improved to 26-4-1. Mitchell, who found out only Saturday morning he would be
fighting, fell to 16-4-1. Mayorga weighed 155 to 155 3/4 for Mitchell.
In another fight, WBC cruiserweight champion Wayne Braithwaite remained undefeated with a 12-round unanimous decision win over Louis Azille.
Braithwaite (21-0, 17 knockouts) put Azille down in the third round but seemed content after that to allow the fight to go the distance. He won every
round on one scorecard, 11 on another and 10 on a third.
It was the third defense of the title for Braithwaite, who stopped Azille in the third round when the two fought a non-title bout in November 2001.
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