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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Karim Mayfield to Defend Title -- But Not in San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM

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Eagle-eyed readers may recall a boxing match scheduled for Aug. 17 at Kezar Pavilion between undefeated hometown champ Karim Mayfield and challenger Mauricio Herrera.

Hope you didn't show up, because it didn't happen. But it will -- far, far from here.

The Aug. 17 ESPN bout was nixed after Herrera suffered a back injury, Mayfield's people couldn't find a sub, and, to top it off, the NABO junior welterweight belt-holder jammed his wrist "banging it over one of his sparring partner's heads," according to Mayfield's co-manager Marlon Sullivan.

Now, however, Mayfield and Herrera are set to duke it out in the co-main event of an HBO fight scheduled for Oct. 27 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in upstate New York. Also -- there's more money involved. Sullivan confirms Mayfield's purse is in excess of $50,000, far and away the biggest prize for the local boxer (He and his staff also won't have to deal with the folks in charge of Kezar -- a huge relief).

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Mayfield -- the subject of a 2011 SF Weekly cover story -- is 16-0-1. He's turned in three consecutive notable victories, knocking out onetime champion Stevie Forbes last June, dominating two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez in an October decision, and destroying Raymond Serrano in a May bout.

His trainer for the Herrera fight will be Virgil Hunter, who also worked his corner against Serrano.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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