Boxing veteran Ricardo Mayorga set to make MMA debut on April 27 in Nicaragua

Al Bello

Smoke 'em if you got 'em: Longtime boxing veteran Ricardo Mayorga will make his professional MMA debut on April 27, 2013, in Managua, Nicaragua.

Former welterweight and junior middleweight boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga will make his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut on Apr. 27, 2013, when he takes on yet-to-be-announced opponent in Managua, Nicaragua.

Omega MMA promotions will host the event, which will take place at Estadio Nacional de Futbol, or the Nicarague National Football Stadium. was able to confirm news of the bout with sources close to the situation.

Mayorga (0-0) boasted a 29-8-1 record with 23 knockouts over the course of his 11-year boxing career. The 39-year-old hasn't fought professionally in more than two years since suffering a defeat to Miguel Cotto in March 2011.

Despite having shared the ring with the likes of Cotto, Shane Mosley, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas, among others, over the course of his career, Mayorga may be best known for his brash personality outside of competition.

The April bout will mark Mayorga's second attempt at dipping his toe into the MMA pool. Back in 2010 he was scheduled to fight Din Thomas under the Shine Fights banner in the United States; however, boxing promoter Don King filed an injunction that prevented the bout -- and ultimately the entire fight card -- from taking place.

Now having parted ways with King and more than two years after the Shine Fights debacle, Mayorga will finally get his chance to fight in MMA.

Mayorga will make an appearance at the Feb. 22, 2013, Omega MMA: "Ultimate Fight 7" event in Managua, Nicaragua, where the promotion will formally announce the match up along with his opponent.

The bout will take place at 155-pounds and, along with the rest of the fight card, will be streamed online. will have more on Mayorga's MMA debut as well as details on his opponent in the coming weeks.

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