Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mayfield vs Lopez on Oct. 1 for NABO 140-Pound Title

By Ryan Maquiñana

Karim Mayfield hopes to graduate from prospect to contender when he fights Patrick Lopez for the NABO junior welterweight title Oct. 1 at Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

“It’s a go,” Mayfield said from his hometown of San Francisco.  “I got the contract right here and now we’re just hammering out the final details.”

After a year of inactivity, the 30-year-old Mayfield (14-0, 9 KOs) saw his career finally take off in April when he traveled to Hollywood’s Wild Card Boxing Club as a sparring partner to help Manny Pacquiao prepare for Shane Mosley.

“I got some good exposure there and Prize Fight Promotions signed me up,” Mayfield said.  “That led to my fight with Steve Forbes.”

Two months ago, Mayfield became the first person to stop Forbes, a former 130-pound world champ, in the tenth and final round on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.

“We had a motto, ‘S.F.G.G.,’ which stood for ‘San Francisco Golden Gate,’ but also, ‘Steve Forbes Gotta Go,” the jovial Mayfield said, chuckling.  “I wouldn’t have been satisfied unless I got him out of there.  I’m finally on track where I should be as far as my career path, and I just want to keep racking up wins to get to that world title.”

A career welterweight, Mayfield will make the plunge to 140 pounds for the first time.  While the threat of being weight-drained is always existent, Mayfield, who has been working with Victor Conte as far his strength and conditioning is concerned, insists that he will be same “Hard Hitta” come fight night.

“I’m in the process of cutting weight,” Mayfield said.  “Nothing’s easy in boxing, but I got a good team behind me, so I’m confident that I’ll be as strong and powerful for October 1.”

Lopez (20-4, 12 KOs), a 33-year-old southpaw from Londonderry, N.H., via Venezuela, is currently mired in a two-bout losing streak which included a third-round knockout to Tim Coleman and a ten-round unanimous decision loss to Hank Lundy in April on ESPN2.

“The Lundy fight was a decision, but it was close,” Mayfield said.  “I’ve fought southpaws before as well as sparring with Pacquiao.  It’s different because they fight from a different stance and come at you with different angles, but I’m prepared for that based on what I’ve been doing lately.”

“We’ve been watching some film on Lopez, and we’re starting to put the gameplan together,” added trainer Ben Bautista.  “Karim is ready to put in some work, and he’s hungry to take home that first belt back to the Bay Area.”

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring’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 Photos: Oscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez - Tested Tough To Win! Luis Ortiz: No Judges, I'll Knock Wilder Out - Then I Want Joshua! Terence Crawford: Mikey Garcia Fight Would Have To Be at 147 Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-Golovkin, Parker-Fury, Kovalev Campbell: Linares is Strong, Experienced - But This is My Time! Liam Williams Vows To Punish Liam Smith For His Trash Talk James DeGale: Groves or Smith Will Win WBSS - I Want Winner Hughie Fury: I Can't Look Past Parker, But I Feel I Can Unify Division Golovkin's Promoter: You Never Heard Canelo Booed Like That! Josh Taylor May Get To World Title Within a Year, Says McGuigan With Andre Ward Retired, Who is The #1 P4P Fighter in The World? Oscar Valdez Gets Off The Floor To Decision Genesis Servania Gilberto Ramirez Drops, Decisions a Very Game Jesse Hart Michael Conlan Drops, Stops Kenny Guzman in Second Round Loeffler: Canelo Should Be More Confident After Full 12 With GGG Conceicao, Kavaliauskas, Mayer, Lenny Z, Gaibnazarov Win Bouts Photos: Jorge Linares, Luke Campbell - in Top Form, Battle Ready Photos: Dorticos, Kudryashov - Get Tense, Ready For WBSS War Anthony Dirrell Denies Chavez Jr.'s Claim of Fight in November Lozano vs. Rodriguez Rematch Top Boxeo Telemundo Return Gervonta Davis Facing First Degree Aggravated Assault Charge Linares Weighs In at 134.2 Pounds; Campbell Weighs 134.8 Anthony Yigit vs. Sandor Martin - Undercard Information Castano Still Not Paid For Win Over Michel Soro, Legal Action Looms Hughie Fury: When I Say I'll Knock Parker Out, I'll Knock Him Out! Team Ramirez Dedicate Hart Fight To Mexico Earthquake Victims Photos: Sergey Kovalev, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy - Face To Face Michael Conlan Aims To Impress With Big Win in Tuscon Photos: Parker vs. Fury Erupts in Near Brawl at Weigh-In Jesus Soto Karass vs. Juan Carlos Abreu - ESPN, November 2 Valdez on Servania: There Was a Time Nobody Knew Pacquiao, Too Daniel Jacobs: Billy Joe Saunders is Running Scared To Death! Sergey Kovalev: 'Maybe' Virgil Hunter Will Train Me, 'Maybe Not' Kathy Duva on Sergey Kovalev's Current Market Value Ken Shiro-Pedro Guevara - WBC Clash Set For Loaded Tokyo Card Frank Warren Gives Take on Rio Ferdinand Becoming a Boxer Hughie Fury: Skin Condition Poisoned By Blood - Fully Fit Now! Joseph Parker Aims To Have Many More Fights on UK Soil Golovkin's Promoter: GGG's Legacy at Stake in Canelo Rematch Photos: Canelo Helping Earthquake Victims in Mexico
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement