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Karim Mayfield
Weightclass:
light welterweight
Age:
33
Birthplace:
San Francisco, California
Record:
18-0-1, 11 KOs
Height:
5’7”
Reach:
Managers:
Marlon Sullivan
Trainers:
Virgil Hunter
biography
“Hard Hitta” 

Twitter: @KarimMayfield1
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Ranked WBO #2, WBA #4, WBC #14 at 140 pounds…
NABO jr. welterweight champion, two successful defenses…

At the age of 32, Karim is a six-year pro. A rising contender at 140 pounds, he has scored his career-best wins in recent fights and built tremendous momentum.
His last four fights include wins against former world champion Steve Forbes (TKO10), two-time Olympian Patrick Lopez (W10), and previously undefeated prospect Raymond Serrano (TKO5).
Karim is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win against contender Mauricio Herrera in his last fight in October, 2012.
Franklin McNeil reported on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Karim Mayfield wanted his HBO debut to be memorable.
He achieved his goal, overwhelming Mauricio Herrera en route to a unanimous decision at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
The three judges scored the fight for Mayfield, 96-94, 98-92 and 97-93.
Through much of the fight, Mayfield found Herrera's chin with hard overhand rights. In the latter rounds, Mayfield forced Herrera against the ropes where he controlled the action inside. [End McNeil item]
Karim also has notable wins against prospects Francisco Santana - two times - and Joshua Renteria.
Karim said, "I worked with Virgil Hunter in the past when I was an amateur, so we had a chemistry already. I also worked with him for a couple of fights when I was about 5-0.
"Virgil knows my style is a little unorthodox but for the most part, he just wants to sharpen my tools. I was going in there asking him what the gameplan was - for the most part, his idea was to get me in great...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2012 - 2ND NABO JW TITLE DEFENSE - in his last fight 10-27-12 in Verona, NY, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Mauricio Herrera (18-2): the bout was one of the co-features at Turning Stone Casino, and it was a good fight; the early rounds were close, and Karim was cut under his right eye in the 4th round; Karim rallied in the middle rounds – he rocked Herrera repeatedly with right hands in the 7th and 8th rounds and finished the fight strongly; scored 97-93, 98-92, 96-94; after the fight, Karim said, "My conditioning was good and I neutralized his punch output with my smothering. I didn't get hit with too many big shots and I'm happy with the win."...
1ST NABO JW TITLE DEFENSE - on 5-18-12 in Albany, NY, he TKOd previously undefeated Raymond Serrano (18-0): the bout headlined at the Times Union Center, and Karim dominated; he scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, and Serrano was cut on his forehead; Karim was cut over his left eye in the 4th, but scored a knockdown with a right hand that left Serrano badly dazed late in the round; he had not recovered when the 5th round started – Karim rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:47…
 
2011 – WON VACANT NABO JW TITLE - on 10-1-11 in Tunica, MS, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against lefthanded former two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez (20-4): the fight headlined at Fitpatrick’s Casino & Hotel; Lopez pressed forward, but Karim generally outworked him, landed the harder punches, and dominated most of the fight; Lopez was cut over his right eye in the 3rd round, and Karim scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 5th; Karim was cut in two places over his right eye in the middle rounds, but scored two more knockdowns in the 10th...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Karim said, “I was born and raised in San Francisco. I got three brothers and two sisters. My mom, she’s an entrepreneur – she does plays and things of that sort. My dad is a electrician.
“I was maybe 20 years old when I started boxing. I started late. I was a footbal player, running back, in school. There was a local gym around the neighborhood that just opened, so I decided to go check it out and sparred this kid that had been boxing for a year and I did extremely well, so it just inspired me and motivated me. I’ve been with my trainer, Ben Bautista, since day one.
“I had about 58 amateur fights altogether, it was 54-4. I won the 2006 Golden Gloves in San Francisco. It was a big event at The Auditorium. I won the bronze medal in the Western Trials for the 2004 Olympics, and I won a couple of local tournaments.
“I’m naturally righthanded. I fight fulltime, but I also do a little comedy and fashion design. I’ve done comedy at some professional comedy clubs in San Francisco. I haven’t done any comedy recently, but I still put together a few outfits in my off-time.”...
Karim and his wife Shanda have three sons and a daughter…
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2004 WESTERN OLYMPIC TRIALS, Bakersfield, California, 152 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 2-3-04 he stopped Bhakari Gates of Sacramento, Calif., in the 3rd round; on 2-4-04 he stopped (3rd round) Abraham Han of El Paso, Tex.; in the quarterfinals on 2-5-04 he won by walkover against Juan Vasquez of Keene, Tex.; in the semifinals on 2-6-04 he lost a 19-0 decision against Enrique Gutierrez of Santa Rosa, Calif....
 
STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement...has good punching power…physically strong, tough and determined…is experienced against good...
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Biography

“Hard Hitta” 

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  • Ranked WBO #2, WBA #4, WBC #14 at 140 pounds…
  • NABO jr. welterweight champion, two successful defenses…

At the age of 32, Karim is a six-year pro. A rising contender at 140 pounds, he has scored his career-best wins in recent fights and built tremendous momentum.

His last four fights include wins against former world champion Steve Forbes (TKO10), two-time Olympian Patrick Lopez (W10), and previously undefeated prospect Raymond Serrano (TKO5).

Karim is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win against contender Mauricio Herrera in his last fight in October, 2012.

Franklin McNeil reported on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Karim Mayfield wanted his HBO debut to be memorable.

He achieved his goal, overwhelming Mauricio Herrera en route to a unanimous decision at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

The three judges scored the fight for Mayfield, 96-94, 98-92 and 97-93.

Through much of the fight, Mayfield found Herrera's chin with hard overhand rights. In the latter rounds, Mayfield forced Herrera against the ropes where he controlled the action inside. [End McNeil item]

Karim also has notable wins against prospects Francisco Santana - two times - and Joshua Renteria.

Karim said, "I worked with Virgil Hunter in the past when I was an amateur, so we had a chemistry already. I also worked with him for a couple of fights when I was about 5-0.

"Virgil knows my style is a little unorthodox but for the most part, he just wants to sharpen my tools. I was going in there asking him what the gameplan was - for the most part, his idea was to get me in great shape. He was like, ‘Your style is different and you give different looks.’ We're just sharpening our tools and working on our strengths.

"I would say my style is a little different, like a mixture. I’m a little creative in the ring - a lot of jabs, movement, and things that are not textbook, you know? Some people may call it weird. I’m still trying to find my style."

Regarding his nickname, he said, "If you see my record, I got a lot of knockouts on there. My motto is, ‘Karim Hard Hitta, I hit everything hard.’ A friend of mine actually gave it to me and I just stuck with it."

Another motto Karim uses is, "I don't win by decision, I win by collision."

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2012 - 2ND NABO JW TITLE DEFENSE - in his last fight 10-27-12 in Verona, NY, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Mauricio Herrera (18-2): the bout was one of the co-features at Turning Stone Casino, and it was a good fight; the early rounds were close, and Karim was cut under his right eye in the 4th round; Karim rallied in the middle rounds – he rocked Herrera repeatedly with right hands in the 7th and 8th rounds and finished the fight strongly; scored 97-93, 98-92, 96-94; after the fight, Karim said, "My conditioning was good and I neutralized his punch output with my smothering. I didn't get hit with too many big shots and I'm happy with the win."...

1ST NABO JW TITLE DEFENSE - on 5-18-12 in Albany, NY, he TKOd previously undefeated Raymond Serrano (18-0): the bout headlined at the Times Union Center, and Karim dominated; he scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, and Serrano was cut on his forehead; Karim was cut over his left eye in the 4th, but scored a knockdown with a right hand that left Serrano badly dazed late in the round; he had not recovered when the 5th round started – Karim rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:47…

 

2011 – WON VACANT NABO JW TITLE - on 10-1-11 in Tunica, MS, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against lefthanded former two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez (20-4): the fight headlined at Fitpatrick’s Casino & Hotel; Lopez pressed forward, but Karim generally outworked him, landed the harder punches, and dominated most of the fight; Lopez was cut over his right eye in the 3rd round, and Karim scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 5th; Karim was cut in two places over his right eye in the middle rounds, but scored two more knockdowns in the 10th round, both with right hands, and won by scores of 98-90, 97-90, 99-88; after the fight, Karim said, "I wanted to come out and prove to the fans that I'm one of the best fighters in the world. Lopez was tough, but I knew I had the ability to win this fight impressively. Now that I'm the NABO junior welterweight champion, I can see myself fighting on a bigger stage against any of the top fighters in the division. My message to all the champions and Top 10 fighters at junior welterweight is - lets get it on."…

On 6-17-11 in Austin, TX, he won by TKO (10th round) against former IBF jr. lightweight world champion Steve Forbes (35-9): the bout was co-featured with the Grady Brewer-Fernando Guerrero main event; Karim pressed forward and dominated most of the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches and staggered Forbes with a right hand in the 3rd round; he staggered Forbes with a right hand again in the 10th round, then rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:03…

 

2010 - on 6-12-10 in San Francisco, CA, he won by TKO (5th round) against Sergio de la Torre (11-13-3): the fight headlined at Kezar Pavilion, and Karim dominated; he scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, then staggered de la Torre with a series of punches in the 5th and the referee stopped the fight at 3:00…

On 3-19-10 in Reno, NV, he won a 6 round majority decision against lefthanded late substitute Mario Ramos (17-6-1): the bout was co-featured at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino; Ramos took the fight on two weeks’ notice, and it was very close; Karim started fast and consistently landed the harder punches, but Ramos kept a busy pace and rallied in the late rounds; scored 58-56, 59-55, 57-57; after the fight, Karim said, “It was a tough fight to take on a southpaw on only two weeks’ notice. It was my first fight against a southpaw as a professional and we came out with the victory, so I am happy about that.”…

 

2009 – on 11-21-09 in Oakland, CA, he won by TKO (5th round) against Francisco Santana (11-1): this rematch was on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Mikkel Kessler main event, and Karim had been one of Shane Mosley’s sparring partners in Big Bear during preparation for the fight; Karim consistently landed the harder punches and steadily wore down Santana; he scored two knockdowns in the 5th round, both with right hands, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:27; after the fight, Karim said, “I wanted to show everyone that I’m the real deal. It was a great feeling to have thousands of fans cheering for me. I want to thank Sugar Shane Mosley for letting me train with him. My conditioning's a lot better, I held my ground a bit more and I used my jab a lot more.”…

On 8-14-09 in Tucson, AZ, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Joshua Renteria (15-3): the fight was on the undercard of the Vivian Harris-Noe Bolanos main event; Renteria gave a good effort and several rounds were close, but Karim consistently landed the harder punches; scored 59-53, 59-53, 58-54…

 

On 5-16-09 in Oakland he won by TKO (2nd round) against Roberto Valenzuela (49-46-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Edison Miranda main event; Karim staggered Valenzuela with a right hand late in the 1st round and again early in the 2nd – he rocked Valenzuela with a series of punches moments later, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:12…

On 3-7-09 in San Jose, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Mario Lozano (8-0): the bout was on the undercard of the James Kirkland-Joel Julio main event, and it was a good, close fight; Lozano scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round, and rocked Karim with more right hands in the 3rd; Karim came back and scored a knockdown in the 4th round, but was penalized one point for punching Lozano when he was down; Karim rocked Lozano in the 5th, then scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 6th round; scored 56-55, 56-55, 57-54…

On 11-20-08 in San Jose he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Trenton Titsworth (2-5-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Rob Frankel-Bobby Pacquiao main event; Karim pressed forward and landed the harder punches, and Titsworth fought very defensively; scored 40-36 on all three scorecards…

On 3-20-08 in San Jose he won a 6 round split decision against previously undefeated Francisco Santana (8-0): the fight was on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Rubin Williams main event; Karim outworked Santana and dominated the first three rounds, but Santana staggered him with a left hook in the 4th round and rallied in the 5th; Karim came back strongly in the 6th round, and won by scores of 58-56, 58-56 Mayfield, 58-56 Santana...

 

2007 - on 10-13-07 in Hoffman Estates, IL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against previously undefeated Rahman Yasubov (5-0): the fight was on the undercard of the Juan Diaz-Julio Diaz main event; both fighters were winging wild punches and getting their feet tangled; Karim was penalized one point early in the 2nd round, but scored three knockdowns with right hands and uppercuts, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:47...

On 8-16-07 in Los Angeles, CA, he won by TKO (1st round) against Alejo Sepulveda (2-0): Karim scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, both with right hands, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:46...

On 7-19-07 in Irvine, CA, he won by knockout (4th round) against Ricardo Galindo (1-6): at 1:56 of Karim scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round and Galindo was cut under his left eye; Karim scored another knockdown with another right hand in the the 4th – Galindo got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:56...

On 5-24-07 in San Jose he had a technical draw (2nd round) against Jorge Padilla (7-3-2): Karim appeared to be building a lead on the scorecards, but Padilla was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 2nd round and the fight was stopped on the cut...

 

2006 – on 11-16-06 in San Jose he won by TKO (3rd round) against Salvador Lopez (0-1): the first two rounds were close, but Karim staggered Lopez with a series of right hands in the 3rd – Lopez stumbled back into the ropes, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:29...

He debuted at the age of 26 on 6-23-06 in Oakland and won by TKO (2nd round) against Christopher Mickle (1-1): Karim rocked Mickle with a series of punches in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:00; after the fight, Karim said, “I felt a little pressure with the fans here, but it felt good. I wanted to do what I felt comfortable doing and not get caught up in everything, and it worked out real well.”...

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Karim said, “I was born and raised in San Francisco. I got three brothers and two sisters. My mom, she’s an entrepreneur – she does plays and things of that sort. My dad is a electrician.

“I was maybe 20 years old when I started boxing. I started late. I was a footbal player, running back, in school. There was a local gym around the neighborhood that just opened, so I decided to go check it out and sparred this kid that had been boxing for a year and I did extremely well, so it just inspired me and motivated me. I’ve been with my trainer, Ben Bautista, since day one.

“I had about 58 amateur fights altogether, it was 54-4. I won the 2006 Golden Gloves in San Francisco. It was a big event at The Auditorium. I won the bronze medal in the Western Trials for the 2004 Olympics, and I won a couple of local tournaments.

“I’m naturally righthanded. I fight fulltime, but I also do a little comedy and fashion design. I’ve done comedy at some professional comedy clubs in San Francisco. I haven’t done any comedy recently, but I still put together a few outfits in my off-time.”...

Karim and his wife Shanda have three sons and a daughter…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2004 WESTERN OLYMPIC TRIALS, Bakersfield, California, 152 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 2-3-04 he stopped Bhakari Gates of Sacramento, Calif., in the 3rd round; on 2-4-04 he stopped (3rd round) Abraham Han of El Paso, Tex.; in the quarterfinals on 2-5-04 he won by walkover against Juan Vasquez of Keene, Tex.; in the semifinals on 2-6-04 he lost a 19-0 decision against Enrique Gutierrez of Santa Rosa, Calif....

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement...has good punching power…physically strong, tough and determined…is experienced against good opposition…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 18 fights...87 total rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.8 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 58 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 3 (3-0)…8 rounds – 0…6 rounds – 4 (4-0)…