Upstart Shine Fight Promotions announced at this past Saturday’s “American Top Team vs. The World” event that former boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga (28-7 boxing) would soon make his mixed martial arts debut at a yet-to-be-announced Shine event.

On Monday, Mayorga officially signed a multi-fight deal with the organization, and Shine Fight matchmaker Ron Foster told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he hopes to have Mayorga debut in early 2010.

And Foster said Mayorga isn’t planning a slow rise to the top.

“I’m going after some tough competition for Mayorga because I don’t want it to look like we’re trying to feed him guppies,” Foster said. “He says he wants to fight for real, so let’s let him fight. He said, ‘I’m from the streets. I’m a real fighter. I’m bored with boxing, and I want to fight.’”

Mayorga last saw action in the boxing ring in a September 2008 loss to Shane Mosely. The loss capped off a 3-4 stretch for Mayorga that dates back to 2003.

Despite the rough stretch, Foster insists Mayorga has plenty to offer.

“We’re not trying to do any gimmicks,” Foster said. “The guy is a good fighter. He’s a two-time world boxing champion.

“I was reading on a few forums today where people were saying, ‘Oh, Mayorga is washed up because he’s 3-4 in his past seven fights.’ He lost to Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Felix Trinidad and Cory Spinks – guys that were world champions. How can he be washed because he lost to them? Two of them he went the distance, and he lost to Shane Moseley in the 12th round. Three out of those four fights went to the 12th round.”

While Mayorga fought predominantly between 147 and 154 pounds during his boxing run, Foster said “El Matador” will compete at 155 pounds in MMA. Mayorga has worked a bit with American Top Team, and Foster said fans will be in for a treat when the former champ makes is debut.

“He’s the Nick Diaz of boxing,” Foster said. “He’s not going to back down from anybody, and he’s always got a finger in someone’s face.”

(Pictured: Shine Fight exec Devin Price and Ricardo Mayorga)

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