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Monday, November 10, 2014

Karim Mayfield Wins Unanimous Decision in San Francisco Bout

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 5:59 AM

click to enlarge Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield spars at San Francisco City Hall. - JUAN PARDO
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  • Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield spars at San Francisco City Hall.
San Francisco boxer Karim Mayfield's run of bad luck ran its course this weekend, as it turned out Dorothy Gale knew what she was talking about: There's no place like home

After a pair of defeats marred the welterweight's previously unbeaten record, his promoter dropped him, and his manager was swept up in the vast, federal sting that also nabbed Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, the Fillmore-raised pugilist returned to the city Saturday for an event at the Longshoreman's Hall in front of the hometown fans.

Mayfield needed a win — badly. And he got one. But it didn't come easy.

"Dude came to fight," says LaRon Mayfield, Karim's older brother and manager, of opponent Michael Balasi. "Dude didn't win. But dude came to fight."

Mayfield earned a unanimous, eight-round decision, outpointing his Hawaiian opponent, 80-72, 80-72, and 79-73. The local fighter consistently pummeled Balasi with his trademark "hellacious overhand right," but the underdog gave nearly as good as he got. In a nutshell, it was a night in which Mayfield once again earned his nickname: "Hard Hitta." 

LaRon Mayfield, who co-promoted the event, said it was a sellout and profitable — unlike Karim Mayfield's last hometown bout, a 2010 knockout win over Sergio De La Torre at Kezar Pavilion marred by fans bum-rushing the ring despite city park rangers being well compensated to staff the event

Mayfield is now 19-2-1; his journeyman opponent fell to 10-6. And LaRon Mayfield hopes his little brother isn't out of action long: "In January we might be doing another show. We're trying to keep Karim busy."

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Joe Eskenazi

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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