KARIM MAYFIELD CRAVES HBO KNOCKOUT
DAY OF RECKONING COMES SATURDAY
San Francisco, CA- “Mo Betta, Mo Chedda!” That’s the phrase often chanted by jr. welterweight contender Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield and those within his circle comprised mostly of fellow natives of San Francisco’s historic Fillmore district. Mayfield came up in boxing the hard way. The former high school football player didn’t step into a boxing gym until he was 20 years old. His amateur tenure was respectable, seeing him notch 40 victories against 5 losses and a couple San Francisco Golden Gloves trophies.
SHANE MOSLEY “FIRED” KARIM
However, given his late entry into the sport, he didn’t grab any of the decorated accomplishments such as an Olympic berth or medal from an international tournament that gets the big name promoters and managers leaving voicemails. Never one to be discouraged, Mayfield did what he had to do and turned professional five years after his first amateur bout at the advanced age of 25. Since then he has made a name for himself on the west coast boxing scene by serving as a sparring partner for big names such as Manny Pacquiao, Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Antonio Margarito, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley (who fired Mayfield for sparring too hard) and Sergio Mora.
HONED SKILLS AGAINST SOME OF THE BEST!
This has undeniably given the charismatic 33 year old invaluable lessons and experience that he wasn’t able to get in his relatively short and late-starting amateur career. Mayfield has also become somewhat infamous for spoiling other promoter’s plans. He’s been used as a steppingstone for other prospects but each time they walk away with their head in the sand and wondering about their next career move. As evidence of this, Karim is still undefeated and put the first numbers in the “Loss” column of five undefeated fighters.
“OPPONENT” ROLE ONCE MORE FOR KARIM SATURDAY
One gets the sense that Gary Shaw shares this attitude as well as he matches his fighter opposite Mayfield this weekend. For all his success thus far, Mayfield, the WBO-NABO super lightweight (140 lb.) champion hasn’t been without his share of criticism; some of it warranted. Possessed with much more physical strength than most of his opponents, he likes to smother their punches and push them around on the inside. While this has thus far been effective, it hasn’t always been entertaining.
HAS HAD BOTH HOT & COLD WINS
In his recent wins over Christopher Fernandez and Raymond Serrano he was explosive, almost decapitating both men. But his decision wins over Mauricio Herrera and Patrick Lopez, even his TKO of former champion Stevie Forbes were incredibly slow-paced and largely forgettable.
SOMETIMES FLASH MORE APPRECIATED
Like it or not but professional prizefighting is primarily an entertainment business before it is athletic competition. That’s the unfortunate reality in our Capitalist driven system. If Mayfield wants to put himself in a better position for high profile bouts, not only does he have to win big this weekend, but look good doing so. Fortunately for him, the “Hard-Hitta” is in a great position to do this. Some of it by accident.
INKED DEAL WITH TOP RANK
The last couple of years Karim has made a habit of calling out jr. welterweight boss Danny Garcia. Shortly after their confrontation at the MGM Grand following the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero fight, Mayfield signed with Top Rank, making this desired match highly improbable given the “Cold War‘” between Top Rank and Garcia’s promoter, Golden Boy.
KARIM BEAT THE MAN WHO BEAT THE MAN!
But just two weeks ago Garcia struggled mightily against the aforementioned Mauricio Herrera, a man Mayfield beat rather easily. This made Mayfield’s victory, and the victor himself, look all the more impressive. Heading into this Saturday’s bout on HBO, all eyes are now on Karim Mayfield and it couldn’t have come at a better time. His opponent, the lanky Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme has a style that seems suited for him.
LANKY PUERTO RICAN NEEDS DISTANCE
Dulorme was overwhelmed two and a half years ago by Luis Abregu who won by utilizing head movement, grit, power, and strength to knock out the young phenom. One can not look at that fight and help but conclude that Mayfield’s strengths will lead to the same result. Hopefully he can do it in similar fashion then open up the doors to a possible fight against Ruslan Provodnikov. If the San Franciscan wins in impressive fashion this weekend his standing in boxing will be much Mo Betta. And this can only lead to him getting a lot “Mo Chedda.”
Jason B. Nava