The dust has cleared, the wounds have mended, and Fillmore boxer Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield is gearing up for another comeback.
His last comeback, four months ago at the Paramount Arena in upstate New York, didn’t go so well. That fight pitted Mayfield against junior welterweight Emmanuel Taylor, who won by unanimous decision despite getting knocked down in the eighth round. Although the judges’ final scores caused a lot of puzzled muttering among Mayfield’s fans, the boxer himself kept cool. He chalked the loss up to a shift in tactics; known in fighting circles as a pitbull, he’d tried a more classical boxing style this time around. “It didn’t work out,” he says.
So 33-year-old Mayfield is returning to the streets. In March he was unceremoniously dropped by promoter Top Rank after losing a bout to Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme and after losing his manager, Marlon Sullivan, who was caught in the same federal corruption sting that ensnared Sen. Leland Yee. The July match against Taylor was widely characterized as a coup de grace, but Mayfield cautions against premature doomsaying. He’s got another fight this Saturday at the Longshoreman’s Hall, and if he clinches this one, he might have a title shot, somewhere in the distant future.
This time, Mayfield is going up against Honolulu boxer Michael Balasi, a heavily tatted southpaw who prides himself on working multiple jobs and training on the side. (Balasi calls himself the “Blue Collar Boxer.”) Continue Reading…