Friday, March 28, 2014

HBO Boxing After Dark - Karim Mayfield

Is it possible that a boxer out of San Francisco can wow the judges in Atlantic City, NJ. and maybe bring a piece of the boxing spotlight back to the Bay Area?  Hey, anything's possible when it comes to 33 year old San Franciscan native Karim Mayfield, who'll be fighting on HBO's Boxing After Dark this Saturday, May 29th. 

Karim (18-0-1, 11 KO's), faces Puerto Rican boxer Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KO's). Winner of this junior-welterweight bout could see his star rise in the rankings and would be a probable challenger in a major title match.  

Karim is nine years older than Dulorme and knows that the clock is ticking on his quest for a major boxing title. Dulorme is a young prospect who wants to show he's improved and belongs in the title contending conversation since losing on HBO in 2012.   So expect to see a match where both fighters have much to prove with future title aspirations on the line.

Karim's fight trainer is Virgil Hunter out of King's Boxing Gym in Oakland, California.  Virgil trained current WBA Super World super middleweight champion Andre Ward.  It sure would be nice to see a major boxing event venue hosted here in the SF/Oakland Bay Area sometime soon.  The last one I remember attending was in 2001, which showcased a younger Floyd Mayweather stopping Jesus Chavez at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.  On the same card that night was a stick figure bantamweight champion by the name of Manny Pacquiao.  

Due to the inexperience and unpreparedness of the SF civic auditorium hosting the 2001 boxing event, many boxing fans who turned out to see the fights were delayed getting inside and missed some of the early bouts. Unfortunately I was one of those outside when Pacquiao, unknown to most of us, was head-butted twice by Agapito Sanchez before the bout was stopped in the 6th round and called a draw because of a bad cut over Manny's right eye.  Who knew back then that Mayweather and Pacquiao would come to such prominence in the boxing world and would hold fan's anticipation of a fight of the century in their hands.  Who Knew?

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