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Mayfield Late Replacement to Fight Porter, Trainer Says

By Ryan Maquiñana

UPDATE:  Sources have advised BoxingScene.com that both Mayfield and Bone have signed contracts but that SpikeTV will choose between them. (Friday 3/13, 11:11am ET)

Karim Mayfield has signed a contract to be a late replacement to fight Shawn Porter in the main event of Friday's "Premier Boxing Champions" card, according to Mayfield's longtime trainer, Ben Bautista.

With Ecuador's Erick Bone (16-1, 8 KOs) the other rumored candidate to replace the ill Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs) , efforts to contact representatives from Premier Boxing were not immediately returned.

Bautista told BoxingScene.com on Thursday night via text that Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs) will fly in from his hometown of San Francisco and must weigh in at no more than 149 pounds at 8 a.m. Friday morning.

"Porter was preparing to fight Roberto Garcia, whose style is to take to give, and as we know, Karim is completely a different fighter than Roberto," Bautista said. "I want to thank Team Porter, who I am friends with, for the opportunity, as well as everyone that made the fight possible for Team Mayfield."

If the bout is a go, the two camps know each other well, starting with Mayfield and Porter (24-1-1, 15 KO) serving as sparring partners for Manny Pacquiao before the Filipino superstar's fight with Shane Mosley in 2011.

Even more recently, the fighters have crossed paths in the Northern California city of San Carlos, where they both work with nutritionist Victor Conte at his SNAC headquarters.

In fact, both combatants in the co-feature, Andre Berto and Josesito Lopez, have worked with SNAC in varying capacities as well.

Ryan Maquiñana is the Boxing Insider at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and contributor to KNBR.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tay Roc on 03-13-2015

[QUOTE=Carpe Diem;15463251]Two pit bulls will go at it tonight. Unfortunately, there will be more smothering and wrestling involved than punches thrown. Lol[/QUOTE] so true lol

Comment by Carpe Diem on 03-13-2015

Two pit bulls will go at it tonight. Unfortunately, there will be more smothering and wrestling involved than punches thrown. Lol

Comment by Tay Roc on 03-13-2015

one of these slick brothas gon' lose.

Comment by G G G on 03-13-2015

HELL of a 1 day replacement, for real. :boxing: In fact, better than Garcia. Mayfield is more aggressive and faster. Awesome fight. Mayfield always stays hungry so I expect a raw determined version of himself tonight. He always seems to…

Comment by brickcityboxing on 03-13-2015

[QUOTE=Best in Boxing;15462966]Just heard from Mayfield that he flew out to Ontario for the fight but this morning they told him that he wouldn't be selected as the opponent. Guess they're going with Erik Bone.[/QUOTE] I wouldn't have been flying…

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