Former world welterweight champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, who was arrested in Managua, Nicaragua, on suspicion of rape and freed on Friday, attended a heavyweight championship fight at Mandalay Bay tonight with his promoter Don King.
Mayorga, who is scheduled to appear in a highly anticipated middleweight clash with three-time world champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad in Madison Square Garden in New York on Oct. 2, arrived at the Mandalay Bay Events Center with King just after 7 p.m. in time to witness current world welterweight champion Cory Spinks successfully defend his titles against Miguel Angel Gonzalez. Mayorga entered the ring after Spinks retained his championship and gave his conqueror a hug. Mayorga then watched “Relentless” Lamon Brewster’s controversial first defense of his WBO heavyweight title. Both fights were broadcast on Showtime.
When asked about the charge in his native country, Mayorga said, “I was set up and that’s all I am going to say.”
He also denied quotes attributed to him in Managua stating that he thought his fight with Trinidad had been suspended. “I never said that,” Mayorga said. “I am going to sleep in the ring and wait for Trinidad. I will knock him out.”
Mayorga said there was little disruption to his training for one of the biggest fights of the year. “I was only detained for three hours and lost only one day of training.”
King said his fighter will appear as scheduled. “The judge in Nicaragua let him leave that country to fight in America, and that’s what we plan to do.”