Boxing is a rough sport. It renders so many of its participants unable to feed themselves their morning bowls of Wheatena. But its roughness transcends mere blunt-force trauma.
Case in point: Karim Mayfield. The up-and-coming San Francisco pugilist recently suffered a spectacularly cruel trifecta. On the cusp of a championship fight he was dropped by the mind-boggling revelation that his manager, Marlon Sullivan, was swept up in the vast sting that also ensnared Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, and charged with drug-running and murder-for-hire. Then Mayfield suffered his first professional loss. And then he was dropped by his promoter, Top Rank.
Of these slings and arrows, Mayfield seems most unperturbed about the last one. Even prior to his March 29 loss to Thomas Dulorme, Mayfield says he was unhappy with the number of fights he'd had for Top Rank; this was just his second bout since 2012. Following the fight, he says he asked for a temporary release to promote his own bout here in San Francisco. Instead, he says, he was simply released.
Messages for Top Rank were not returned.
Mayfield is still planning for that fight here in the city as soon as this summer. As for his misfortune, he dismisses it in rhyme: "Minor setback. Major comeback."