Advertisement
Advertisement

Serrano on Mayfield: I Hope That He Fights Like He Talks!

By Keith Idec

Raymond Serrano shrugged off an extremely confident Karim Mayfield’s trash talk at a press conference in Albany, N.Y.

“He’s talking a lot,” Serrano said, “and I told him at the press conference that if he fights like he talks it’s going to be a good fight. I hope he fights how he talks.”

Philadelphia’s Serrano realizes he also cannot allow the favored Mayfield to affect him with what he does in the ring during their 10-round junior welterweight fight Friday night for Mayfield’s NABO junior welterweight title. Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs) expects San Francisco’s Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs) to try to make their fight, which will be broadcast by ESPN2 as a “Friday Night Fights” main event from the Times Union Center, a very physical brawl.

“I’ve got to watch out for the dirty stuff that he does, like coming in with his head,” Serrano said, “and fight my type of fight. I have to be smart out there. He’s a one-handed fighter and he rushes you, so I’ve just got to work off my jab and put my combinations together.

“I’ve got a feeling that he’s going to try to rough me up by holding, coming forward and putting me on the ropes and stuff like that. I’ve just got to stay focused, not get angry and stay on my game plan.”

The 22-year-old Serrano is sure he can out-box the 31-year-old Mayfield, who’s trained by the same man, Virgil Hunter, who has helped make Andre Ward one of the top 10 pound-for-pound boxers in the world. Serrano does admit, though, that Mayfield represents a significant step up in competition for him.

Mayfield, who has sparred against Manny Pacquiao, soundly out-boxed Venezuelan southpaw Patrick Lopez (20-5, 12 KOs) in his last fight, Oct. 1 in Tunica, Miss. Before beating Lopez by unanimous decision in their 10-rounder, Mayfield stopped Steve Forbes (35-11, 11 KOs) in the 10th round June 17 in Austin, Texas. That was the only time in 46 professional fights that Forbes lost by knockout or technical knockout.

Serrano, a former Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion who turned pro at 18, feels as though his last fight really readied him for the challenge he’ll face against Mayfield. Southpaw Kenny Abril scored a third-round knockdown against Serrano on Feb. 10 in Uncasville, Conn., but Serrano withstood what he considers a flash knockdown and beat Abril (11-5-1, 6 KOs, 1 NC) on all three scorecards (97-92, 97-92, 95-94).

“I had some strong opponents, I beat them how I was supposed to beat them, and now this is my biggest test,” said Serrano, who’s promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. “All of that experience led me to this. Now I have to put it all together.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mars Volta on 05-19-2012

PR boxing is dead

Comment by dblaze9 on 05-19-2012

LOL... I guess he knows now...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Abel Ramos faces veteran Juan Jesus Rivera in Phoenix, Arizona Chisora's Coach: Joshua is Better Than Fury, But Haye Beats Him Ishe Smith Discusses Training Camp, Fighting Frank Galarza Shakur Stevenson, Nico Hernandez To Get Honored at Home Smith: Canelo Ducked Golovkin, Talk of Pacquiao is Embarrassing! Mayweather Promotions' Titans of the Trade on September 17 Eubank Jr: Saunders is Extremely Boring, I Want 50-50 For Rematch Karim Mayfield Vents Over Bakhtiyar Eyubov Loss, Wants Rematch Marrero Reflects on Latest Win, Remains in Pursuit of Zambrano Burns-Relikh Title Fight Confirmed For October 7 in Glasgow Demetrius Andrade Ready For Culcay in Germany, SHO on Board? De La Hoya is Firm: Canelo Will Out-Sell Both Pacquiao Fights! Golovkin's Coach Rips Carl Froch: He Retired, Didn't Back Up Talk Daily Bread Mailbag: Golovkin, Ward, Kovalev, Team USA, More Mike Lee Faces Chris Traietti, September 30 at UIC Forum Juan Manuel Lopez Medically Cleared To Fight Wilfredo Vazquez Carlos Sanchez Aims To Continue KO Streak in Montebello Golovkin-Brook: Callum Smith, Kid Galahad, McDonnell Added Brook Baits Golovkin: You Want Respect? Show Me That Power! Avni Yildirim Ready For Aaron Pryor Jr. Clash in Berlin Despite Backlash, Luis Ortiz Envisions Brighter Future Williams on Brook Sparring: He's on Another Level To Golovkin! Jose Felix Pumped For Return, Hopes To Get Terry Flanagan Canelo, Conor McGregor Trade Words Over 'Cherry Picking' Claim Cuadras: Chocolatito Has an Appointment With a Knockout Photos: Christian Gonzalez, Edgar Valerio, Nava Open Workouts Photos: Danny Roman, LaRon Mitchell Ready For 'New Blood' Photos: Guerrero vs. Peralta, Angulo vs. Hernandez Face To Face Roberto Duran's 'No Mas' Trunks Hit The Auction Block Photos: Tishchenko Honored For Gold Medal By Vladimir Putin Fox Sports 1 Pleased With Latest Ratings Figure For PBC Show Guy Robb Vows To Control Pace and Outbox Miguel Marriaga Michael Conlan Has NO FEAR of AIBA's Threats of Action Jose Benavidez's Father Gives Details, Update on Son's Shooting Tomasz Adamek Ponders a Final Ring Return For 2017 Canelo: A Shame Mexicans Criticize Their Athletes So Much! Nietes vs. Sosa: Mark Magsayo To Face Garcia on The Undercard David Price, Anthony Ogogo To Feature on Braehmer-Cleverly Canelo Expects Liam Smith To Bring The Fight To Him Ricky Burns To Face Mandatory Kiryl Relikh On Return
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement