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Karim Mayfield Feels He Was Robbed of Win With Eyubov

Rochester, New York - In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov of Brooklyn, N.Y., by way of Kazakhstan won a close 10-round split decision—that could have gone either way—against veteran Karim Mayfield of San Francisco, Calif. (95-94 twice for Eyubov and 95-94 for Mayfield).

Eyubov (11-0, 10 KOs), who had never been past the third round, was taken to uncharted waters by the more experienced Mayfield (19-4-1, 11 KOs). Mayfield extended Eyubov far longer than any other opponent and despite out-landing the adoptive Brooklynite in each of the final four rounds (110-80 overall and 87-66 power) Eyubov escaped with a split decision.  It was a learning victory for Eyubov and a disheartening loss for Mayfield, who averaged 69 punches per round to Eyubov's 52.

“I felt it was close, but I did everything I wanted to do and I feel I won nearly every round,” said Eyubov. “I was surprised by Mayfield, especially how hard his head is. He is a real man.

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“My lip is a little swollen but that’s because of headbutts. Mayfield fought dirty in there.  But I’m happy with the decision. I learned that I can go 10 rounds if I have to. I could go 12. I was still strong at the end of the fight.

Mayfield, who was clearly disappointed with the result, felt he won the fight.

“It was a good fight and he’s a tough fighter for sure, but I landed the harder shots and kept active. He was a tough guy, don’t get me wrong, but I certainly won that fight,” said Mayfield. “I feel I performed well. There’s always more work you can do, but for the most part I feel I did good. People thought for some odd reason the fight wouldn’t even go the distance, which is ludicrous. I won the fight though.

“It was part of my game plan to frustrate him and I feel I did that. I executed my plan well. Of course, there was more I could have done. I could have thrown more punches, but I did well.

“They made it seem like he punched like hell, but I guess all punches feel hard to me, so if you’re a hard puncher or a light puncher, it’s still a punch and I don’t want to get punched. I got hit but I was never stunned or anything like that.

“I would love a rematch.”

Eyubov responded, “I don’t know if I would fight him again. I will think about it.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MelanKomas on 08-20-2016

Mayfield won that fight clear as day. Eyubov had some good exchanges early but lost a lot of steam. Mayfeild controlled the fight from the outside and even did better in the exchanges. He'd land 3-4 punch combos unanswered and…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 08-20-2016

[QUOTE=Blackclouds;16965477]Yes he was robbed. I knew the fix was in when Farhood and Martinez commentary team was giving Eyubov credit for those ineffective flurries and going long periods without landing anything significant while Mayfield was landing with accuracy.[/QUOTE] Really?? bcuz…

Comment by bigjavi973 on 08-20-2016

I thought mayfield won that fight.

Comment by J Dubber on 08-20-2016

Euybov walked thru karims punches while karim would back up when euybov landed... The kill or be killed type of fighter deserved the win in my eyes even tho karim landed more pitty pats!

Comment by Blackclouds on 08-20-2016

Yes he was robbed. I knew the fix was in when Farhood and Martinez commentary team was giving Eyubov credit for those ineffective flurries and going long periods without landing anything significant while Mayfield was landing with accuracy.

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