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Team Mayfield Ready to ‘Shine’ Against Fernandez

By Ryan Maquiñana

Junior welterweight contender Karim Mayfield recently learned that his Top Rank debut would not take place against his originally scheduled opponent, but his trainer does not feel the change will affect his fighter’s focus or approach this Saturday.

“Karim’s been off for almost a year now, and it’s taken awhile to get his timing down,” said Bautista, who trained Mayfield in Las Vegas for this camp and has worked with him since the amateurs.  “But he’s ready, and I think what he has right now will be enough to win tomorrow.”

The 10–rounder takes place on the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera undercard at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and will stream online on toprank.tv around 6:30 p.m. PT.  Initially, the San Francisco-based Mayfield had signed a contract to face Pavel Miranda, but after the Mexican veteran pulled out, the Bay Area bomber will now fight Christopher Fernandez (21-15-1, 13 KOs) of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Mayfield weighed in at 144 pounds, while Fernandez tipped the scale at 144.8.

“I saw a couple of [Fernandez’s] fights on YouTube,” said Bautista, who also mans the corner for female flyweight world champion Ava Knight.  “He likes to come forward.  He has the type of style where I think Karim can shine, and maybe he can stop him.  Also, Karim’s always had power, but I think you’re going to see him show that his defense has improved as well.”

Since signing with his new promoter, Mayfield has been discussed as a potential challenger to WBA 140-pound “regular” titlist Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0, 9 KOs), who also fights under the Top Rank banner.  An impressive performance against Fernandez could serve as a platform for the unorthodox power-puncher to state his case for a shot at the Russian.

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 619 southpaw on 09-28-2013

[QUOTE=robust_;13790891]Dude is already old. Needs to step it up quick if he ever wants to become a player in this here game.[/QUOTE] I think he's in his prime now he's getting up there in age but in the next couple…

Comment by Tay Roc on 09-28-2013

Dude is already old. Needs to step it up quick if he ever wants to become a player in this here game.

Comment by James_Toney on 09-28-2013

mayfield has already fought 5 undefeated fighters in a short career.... he's had to do it the hard way..... he's got a contract with top rank and he'll get this tune-up out of the way and head for the top…

Comment by 619 southpaw on 09-28-2013

like Mayfield a lot nothing to special but he seems to have that will to win no matter what. good power too he's tough as nails reminds me of a poor mans bradily. want to see what happns when he…

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