By Jeff Newman: The unheralded welterweight Karim Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs) is ready for his own “Rocky” story if he gets that lucky lottery ticket to face the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 34-year-old Mayfield understands why he’s under consideration for the Mayweather fight due to his no nonsense manner of fighting. Mayfield, 5’6”, is an aggressive fighter who is constantly coming forward looking to take the action to his opposition. And while Mayfield has lost two out of his last three fights to Thomas Dulorme and Emmanuel Taylor, he still made those fights very exciting until the very last moment.
Dulorme basically beat Mayfield by holding him 10+ times per round without the referee lifting a finger to stop all the holding. Mayfield made the mistake of not fighting through all the clinches, because he could very well have won rounds by throwing shots while still being held.
“It’s just sweet being mentioned by one of the greatest,” Mayfield said to Fighthyoe.com about the Mayweather fight. “He mentioned me, so he’s been doing his homework one way or another. I think he’s trying to get that work. He ain’t trying to have someone in front of him trying to outthink him because that ain’t going to work. He’s always had good fights with people that make him work. Let’s do it, May vs. May in September.”
Mayfield ended his two-fight losing streak in his last fight in beating Michael Balasi by an eight round unanimous decision. He looked good in beating a limited fighter who was there for him to beat.
Mayweather will obviously take abuse from the boxing world if he does choose to fight Mayfield because he’s not the guy that they want to see him fight, and neither is Andre Berto, another fighter that Mayweather has repeatedly been mentioning as a possibility for his September 12th fight. Fans want to see Mayweather picks one of these fighters for his next fight: Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Amir Khan, Kell Brook and Gennady Golovkin. Out of that bunch, fans really want to see Mayweather fight Thurman or Khan.
Overall, I’d say Khan is in the lead due to him being better known by fans than Thurman. However, there still isn’t a huge demand for Mayweather to fight Khan. He’s just the one that they’d rather see over the other limited options that Mayweather has. This isn’t like with Mayweather’s last fight where he had Manny Pacquiao to pick from. That was the perfect fight for Mayweather due to Pacquiao’s huge popularity and the fact that fans wanted to see him take that fight.
It’s obvious that Mayfield has little chance of beating Mayweather, but the same can be said for the rest of the above mentioned fighters at 147. They simply are too flawed and limited to beat Mayweather right now. Thurman has big punching power, but he’s slower than Mayweather, and he tends to run around the ring a lot when he gets hit. Thurman is too reliant on his left hook, and that leaves vulnerable against guys with blinding speed and an excellent jab like Mayweather.