Ricardo Mayorga, Trainer Yoel Judah Conference Call Transcript

27.07.05 - RICARDO MAYORGA: I was a great champion at the welterweight level winning two or three titles. I went to the middleweight skipping 154 lb., although I did make one fight there. I think my history and welterweight and the decision to go to 154 lb. Is sufficient enough to give me a hot a the title.

Thank God that my problems outside of the ring are pretty much solved. My attorney has been taking care of everything and by his advice, I am concentrating totally on the fight and leave the rest to my attorney. At this point there is nothing going on outside of the ring. The one thing Ė the rape charges, I have gotten vindicated of all charges. They are trying to reopen the case but eventually it will die out..

Piccirillo fights outside Ė what will be your strategy for the fight?

RICARDO MAYORGA: I am doing great work with my trainer, Yoel Judah, and we are anticipating that type will develop. We are planning for all types that this gentleman might bring to the ring.

Yoel Judah: Ricardo is a strong fighter and we are making a few adjustments with his feet and head movement and his angles - pivoting and all of that kind of stuff. His offense is great. I am trying to hold back on his offense. We are getting the defense down. I donít think Piccirillo will be a problem for him.

RICARDO MAYORGA: I have seen tapes of this guy Ė about six of his fights - and I really donít have a high opinion of him. I donít think he is going to be able to withstand my pressure and I am going to be able to run right over him.

In my opinion I can just look at his record. Basically he is fighting guys that are stepping on grapes to make wine. He has not fought a guy of my caliber and you will see that when I knock him out in two rounds.

Did you learn anything from the Trinidad fight?

RICARDO MAYORGA: To begin with, I donít believe I made an error in fight him. Everyone takes a calculated risk. I took a calculated risk to move up to the middleweight division to see what I had. It was a little too much weight for me but I am not using that as an excuse. It was a ad night for me an I donít take anything away from Trinidad. Now I am at the junior middleweight division which is a weight that I am real comfortable at.

I think if I had better training and better conditioning I think I would have had a better fight. However, I had issues outside the ring that didnít allow me to concentrate for the fight. I had the car accident and the charges that were brought against me. My head was not in the fight that night. But I want to repeat, I am not making excuses, but it was a bad night for me.

Working with Yoel Judah:

RICARDO MAYORGA: I am doing good work with him and my chief second and things are going well. Yoel is helping me out punching the mitts under the direction of Lupo.

Vargas or Castillejo?

RICARDO MAYORGA: Obviously I would like to fight Vargas and I think he should beat Castillejo and thatís who I want to face. I want to face the better fighter. I want Vargas to come to my fight. In case he is low on cash I will pay for his ringside ticket on August 13th. Once I win and do my job I expect him to do the same and I think it would be a great fight. I donít think heís man enough to beat me but weíll see what happens if he gets by Castillejo.

Without a doubt, Yoel has shown me a lot of defensive techniques. I have picked up a lot of wisdom from him and I have nothing bad to say about him Ė only good.

RICARDO MAYORGA: I canít convey everything I want to. Ricardo has been picking things up very well and is very receptive. Everything I tell him to do he does it. Personally, and I will say it again, he will not have a problem with Piccirillo.

Any changes in Ricardo?

RICARDO MAYORGA: Heís not getting hit, number one. For Piccirillo to land one or two, heís really going to have to earn it now. If he tries to hit him, heís going to get hit. Heís moving his hands and doing short pivots. Heís getting low and staying behind his jab, putting his hands in front of his face. Heís doing a lot of good things. The first week or two was hard, but itís like anything else, you have to keep going over and over it. I do a lot of pad work and we do a lot of one-on-one off to the side. We start off slow and quicken until we get to normal speed. Everything Iíve taught him so far heís done pretty good.

He loves it. The things Iím showing him Ė he loves it. Heís not getting hit and heís hurting guys. Heís a different fighter. Heís going to be different and you can tell everybody that.

Ricardo is a very receptive guy and he picks up things well. Iím just trying to show him little moves. Heís a helluva puncher and he always been able to take a punch. Iím showing how to throw a punch and how to throw all the punches without getting hit. Mainly, I am working on defense because everything elseÖheís in the ballpark with. Power, speed, movement, and aggressiveness Ė heís got everything. Sometimes he likes to take two or three punches before getting on in.

Article posted on 27.07.2005

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