By Ryan Burton
Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (13-0-1) takes on Stevie "2 Pound" Forbes (35-9) this Friday night in Austin, Texas. The fight will be be televised on ESPN's Friday Night Fights series. Mayfield, who recently signed with Prize Fight promotions has been out of the ring for a year and is looking to make a serious run in 2011. Mayfield talks about the Forbes fight, the future and more in this exclusive interview found only on BoxingScene.com.
BoxingScene.com: It has been a while Karim. Tell us about your big fight coming up versus Stevie Forbes on Friday.
Karim Mayfield: Oh man I am feeling good and I am just looking forward to getting a little exposure and showing the world my talents.
BoxingScene.com: You haven't fought in about a year. I know you have recently changed promoters. Is that the reason behind the layoff?
Karim Mayfield: Yes. I had both managerial and promotional changes but I never left the gym. I signed with Prize Fight Promotions and I have a good team around me now so I am ready to go.
BoxingScene.com: Going back to the fight, you are going to face a tough veteran in Stevie Forbes. What do you think is going to be the key to the fight?
Karim Mayfield: The key to getting the win is me imposing my style on him and not letting him get into the groove of things. I definitely look forward to doing that.
BoxingScene.com: Forbes will be the most accomplished fighter that you have ever faced. What do you think a win over him would do for your career?
Karim Mayfield: He definitely is. He will be my best win to date and I am eager to fight him.
BoxingScene.com: Do you think it will be a springboard to bigger things down the road?
Karim Mayfield: Yes I think so. He still is a good name and he still is a good opponent. I definitely feel that this fight would put be in the place that I should be if I had still been fighting and not been inactive (for about a year).
BoxingScene.com: You have to be excited in that the fight will be broadcast on national TV on ESPN.
Karim Mayfield: Yeah it is going to be on ESPN2. I have fought in the lime light like this before on Foxsports Net. They were only amateur events but those Golden Gloves events sold out about 10,000 seats in San Francisco. I love the exposure and I look forward to going out there and showing what I can do.
BoxingScene.com: Assuming you get the win like you plan, who would you like to fight next?
Karim Mayfield: After this you know, I don't want to wait around and fight no name guys. I want to go for it and go for some names, whoever they may be. I don't have anybody specific but they all have got to go.
BoxingScene.com: How many more fights do you think you need before you are realistically ready for a title shot?
Karim Mayfield: Honestly I would say two more fights so that I could really get in the groove of things. One or two more fights honestly and I will be ready to go for the gusto. Right now I think I am capable of making it happen.
BoxingScene.com: The top two guys in the division happen to be the top two guys in the sport in Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. They obviously aren't realistic options but the champions in Europe like Viacheslav Senchenko and Jan Zaveck may be. Would you be willing to go to Europe for a title shot?
Karim Mayfield: For sure. It has never been a problem for me to go to someone else hometown. I am definitely willing to go across the pond to get what I need.
BoxingScene.com: Last question. Do you have a message for the fans"
Karim Mayfield: Tune in on Friday June 17th to ESPN2. You are going to see an explosive fight. You are going to see a different style. Just get ready to see my name Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield. It is going to be a great fight.
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