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