Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mayfield vs Ambriz Clash is Tentatively Set for March 29

By Ryan Maquiñana

NABO junior welterweight champion Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs) of San Francisco is tentatively scheduled to defend his belt for the first time on March 29 against Aris Ambriz (16-2-1, 8 KOs) at the Landers Arena in Southaven, Mississippi.

Also on the card is a middleweight matchup between former 154-pound champ Kassim Ouma and Ishe Smith, as first reported by BoxingScene.com’s Ryan Burton.

Ambriz, a native of Azusa, Calif., has a résumé that includes a draw and a loss with Jose Reynoso as well as a fourth-round stoppage to Pier-Olivier Coté on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley undercard last May.  He has not seen action since last June, when he scraped by Juan Santiago via six-round majority decision.

“Ambriz is a quality opponent with some pretty good power,” Mayfield said. “Unfortunately for my Bay ‘Areans’ it won’t be back home this time, but I’m ready to go and fight anywhere.”

In his last bout three months ago, Mayfield incurred a deep gash over his right eyebrow in a dominant unanimous decision victory over veteran Patrick Lopez for the vacant belt.  Just two weeks ago, his physician cleared him to spar.

“It happens when you fight a southpaw like Lopez, but it’s good to go,” Mayfield said.

This fight will mark only the second bout for “Hard Hitta” at 140 pounds after a career spanning 147 to 154.  Working with Victor Conte on his nutrition and fitness, Mayfield vows he will not labor to make the limit.

“I’m walking around at [1]56,” he said.  A few weeks I get to 145 and I have to back off because you don’t want to cut [pounds] too early.  I just have to watch my diet and I’ll be good.”

Currently ranked No. 9 in the WBO, Mayfield would love to ascend the rankings and get an opportunity to fight for Timothy Bradley’s title as soon as possible, whether against “Desert Storm” or someone else should Bradley move up to 147 pounds to pursue a Pacquiao fight.

“That would be great,” said Mayfield, who was one of Pacquiao’s main sparring partners for the Mosley fight.  “I would love to do that, whether the belt is vacant or if I got a shot to fight the champ in Bradley.  I only have 15 pro fights under my belt, but I definitely could have gave him a better fight than [Joel] Casamayor did.  If I’m not ready right now at 30, I’ll never be ready.”

Ryan Maquiñana has a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (CSNBayArea.com). He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at www.maqdown.com, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

Tags: Karim Mayfield image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Alberto Melian, Two-Time Olympian, Inks With Sampson Boxing Saunders Predicts Massacre: Lemieux Will Beg Me To End It! Valera: I'll School Sullivan Barrera, Then I Want Sergey Kovalev Lemieux: I'll Chase Saunders, Go Toe To Toe, I'll Take That Title! Antonio Moran vs. Salvador Briseno Tops Telemundo Card Joshua Vows That He Won't Go Broke Like Tyson, Bowe, Holyfield Photos: Billy Joe Saunders, David Lemieux - Tense Face To Face Terry Flanagan: Jorge Linares Deal 'All But Done' Nico Hernandez Back on December 2 at Hartman Arena Amir Khan: I Have Something Mayweather Has Not Faced - Speed! Berchelt With Right Hand Issue, Pulled From Salido Fight Callum Johnson Out Of Buglioni Clash, Replaced By Craig Richards Arum Plans Big Year For Murata - Eyes Golovkin, Canelo as Foes Hasim Rahman Jr. Slated to Fight Nov. 4th after Durham Fiasco Saunders Tells David Lemieux: "I'll Put You Out Like A Candle!" Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares Ordered To Reach Deal By Nov. 6 Dillian Whyte: Takam is Too Small, Easy Fight For Anthony Joshua Julian Williams vs. Ishe Smith Set For November 18 in Las Vegas Jeff Horn's Promoter Nearly Fell Asleep Watching 'Boring' Skeete Anthony Yigit vs. Joe Hughes For Euro Belt on December 2 Kal Yafai Aims To Make Statement, Land on Next Superfly Card Weekend Review: Murata, Machado, Gassiev, Burnett, More Stiverne: Wilder is Scared of Me, I Ate His Punches Like Breakfast! Sanchez: Canelo Facing GGG’s Leftovers Would Be Sad For Boxing Hearn on Burnett's Options: Butler, Tete, McDonnell-Solis Winner Lucian Bute Mulling Over Decision - Ring Return or Retirement Corcoran: Pacquiao Did Not Do Enough, Horn Deserved To Win Helenius: I'll Knock Dillian Whyte Out, He Will Never Reach Wilder! Pacquiao Has Bad News - Horn Rematch Secured By Brisbane Photos: Jeff Horn, Gary Corcoran - Go Face To Face in Brisbane Adonis Stevenson-Eleider Alvarez May Land on January 26 or 27 Povetkin vs. Hammer Close To Done, To Be WBO Eliminator? Murat Gassiev May Be Abel Sanchez's Latest Masterpiece Team Horn Warn Thurman: Shut Mouth or Suffer Pacquiao's Fate! Dmitry Bivol Salivates Over Expected Gassiev vs. Dorticos Clash CompuBox: Fox Landed '52' Punches in 12 Rounds With Andrade Stiverne: I Guarantee That I'll Beat Deontay Wilder in Rematch! CompuBox: Murata Lands a Big 56.5% of Power Shots on N'Dam Felix Verdejo Ring Return Targeted For January, Says Manager Promoter: I Want To Match Andrade Against Elite at 160 - ASAP!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement