NEW YORK - If the team behind Bakhtiyar Eyubov think his next fight will be another easy showcase for their unbeaten welterweight, his opponent, Karim Mayfield has a message.
"He's a very strong guy, but I'm more experienced than he is for sure," said Mayfield. "He comes out looking for the first-round knockout by swinging with everything he's got and he's going to find it doesn't work on me."
Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs), of San Francisco, will take on Kazakhstan's Eyubov (10-0, 10 KOs) in the 10-round opening fight on ShoBox: The New Generation® on Friday, Aug. 19, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
In the 10-round main event, power-punching Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) will take on smooth veteran Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) for the NABO Heavyweight Title. In the 10-round co-featured bout, top prospect Mason Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) will face tough Bahodir Mamadjonov (19-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABO Lightweight Title. Also featured is WBO NABO Bantamweight Champion Antonio Nieves (16-0-1, 8 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, defending his title against Alejandro "Peque" Santiago (11-2-1, 3 KOs), of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Tickets for the event, presented by Salita Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions, are available at www.rhinossoccer.com/ and http://www.etix.com.
Mayfield, who has held and defended the NABO Super Lightweight Championship, beaten "uncrowned" world champion Mauricio Herrera by unanimous decision, as well as former world champion Steve Forbes and taken the "0" of then red-hot prospect Raymond Serrano, correctly points out Eyubov's lack of experience. Eyubov has only boxed a total of 16 rounds as a professional over four and a half years. Take his victory over Jarred Robinson off the list and the combined record of his other nine opponents is 20-87-10 and they have been knocked out 48 times.
"He doesn't show too much footwork either, so he's going to have trouble," Mayfield said. "I expect to bring it to him and for him to not be able to last the whole 10 rounds with me."
Mayfield's promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, says another KO by Eyubov is far from a foregone conclusion.
"There is no doubt that Eyubov is very strong and a tremendous puncher, but his lack of experience and quality of opposition leaves glaring question marks that will definitely be answered when he fights Karim," said Cohen. "Mayfield has fought at the highest level of the sport. Just take a snapshot of his last four opponents and their combined record of 73-14 with 44 KO's."
Cohen says that if Eyubov can steamroll his fighter like he has his previous ones, he'll be the first to congratulate him.
"This is the classic matchup of a young stud vs. the established veteran. If Eyubov can knock out Karim like he has the opposition he has faced to date, I will be the first to take my hat off to him and would instantly consider him one of the top new contenders to burst onto the scene. On the flipside, if Karim beats Eyubov, this win should catapult him back to the top of the contender list and would immediately make him eligible for a world title bout or title eliminator. Truly a crossroads fight for both guys and one in which I really like Karim's chances."
"I'm training hard and getting prepared and sparring guys who come forward," Mayfield said. "You haven't seen a 100 percent Karim Mayfield. I've shown glimpses of it, but the past three fights, my training hasn't been on point. I was training like a boxer. I'm not the boxer type. I bring it to you and I'm back to my original style. That wasn't a good look for me. I was burning more energy moving around. I'm excited about this opportunity. After this win, I'll be back in the top-tier fights. I'm excited I have a great opportunity and proper time to get prepared. I'm working hard and getting ready and I look forward to a sensational victory."
Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.