Mayorga Wants to Fight in MMA

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MIAMI (AP) - Former welterweight and super-welterweight world champion Ricardo Mayorga says he wants to venture into mixed martial arts.

In a news conference Monday, Mayorga says he anticipates his first MMA fight early next year. Mayorga, of Nicaragua, currently is in a legal dispute with promoter Don King and seeks a release from his boxing contract for an opportunity at an MMA career.

The 35-year-old Mayorga said at a news conference on Monday that he "learned to fight on the streets of Nicaragua before I learned to box" and that for years he has "wanted to I have wanted to try MMA."