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Karim Mayfield Vents Over Bakhtiyar Eyubov Loss, Wants Rematch

Having had a week to consider his controversial decision loss to Kazakhstan's Bakhtiyar Eyubov (11-0, 10 KOs), San Francisco welterweight Karim Mayfield says he's not happy.
 
Fighting in the opening fight on ShoBox: The New Generation® last Friday, August 19, at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York, Mayfield (19-4-1, 11 KOs) appeared to outpunch and outwork his unbeaten foe, especially in the last four rounds.

Despite having the statistical advantage - and winning in the eyes of the Showtime commentators, most of the ringside media, the fans in attendance and a worldwide outcry - Mayfield found himself on the wrong side of a 10-round split decision (95-94 twice for Eyubov and 95-94 for Mayfield) at the end of their exciting battle.

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"I'm pretty upset about it," said Mayfield. "I trained hard for that fight. I was finally able to get a normal eight-week camp to train and train for a specific fighter. I haven't had that in a long time. It felt great to be that focused, but to get it stolen from me is not a good feeling. A lot of time fighters lose and think they won, but this isn't like that. The public agrees I won. The commentators say I won. I was robbed. I'm not just thinking this. It's true I was robbed."
 
Showing toughness, power and a high level of conditioning, Mayfield came on stronger and stronger as the grueling fight wore on. Despite the loss, it was a very impressive and career-rejuvenating performance against a foe who had knocked out all his previous opponents before the end of three rounds.
 
"I do feel proud of my performance. I showed I belong on the world-class level. I've always been a good fighter. But I feel it is imperative I be given a rematch against Eyubov. I feel like this is unfinished business. I didn't lose because of a lack of skill. I had this stolen from me."
 
Mayfield says if Eyubov won't give him a rematch (he was non-committal post-fight), Showtime should have him back in a high-profile match-up.
 
"I deserve to be brought back. I've beaten some good guys. Eyubov is just one. I beat Mauricio Herrera. I beat Francisco Santana. I beat them and they got big opportunities. Give me a fair shake! I'll fight anybody if the paper is right."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 08-28-2016

Who care?! Mayfield is garbarge.

Comment by Blackclouds on 08-26-2016

The fight wasn't boring It was a pretty good scrap but Mayfield was clearly faster, landing more, solid head snapping shots even, getting off his punches first and scoring consistently. Was not a close fight, he got totally robbed. The…

Comment by MasterPlan on 08-26-2016

Adrien Broner next opponent.

Comment by r1onnie2 on 08-26-2016

I agree that Mayfield won the fight but at the same time it was boring and ugly and I wouldn't want to see that again.

Comment by slimPickings on 08-26-2016

A rematch? He just needs to move on. Unfortunately the fight game is just rife with robberies like this. Its more the rule than the exception. No point in rematching a fighter you beat but did not get the decision.…

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