Junior welterweight contender Karim Mayfield, ranked number two by the WBO and four by the WBA, signed a new promotional deal with Top Rank Boxing.
"The opportunity presented itself and I grabbed it, “Mayfield told this writer on the phone yesterday. “They (Top Rank) have some of the top fighters in the world."
Mayfield, 32, (17-0, 10 KOs), hasn’t fought since last October when he won a unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera. He claimed the vacant NABO junior welterweight title in 2011. Mayfield defended the belt with a fifth round stoppage of Raymond Serrano in Albany, New York seven months later.
"My last four fights have been delayed for various reasons,” Mayfield said. “A lot of times that can be a major problem for a fighter - having to get on the major stage and perform after a long layoff. My career has been pretty much set like that."
Mayfield and his team (big brother and co-promoter LaRon, along with manager Marlon Sullivan) are looking at a possible return to the ring in the next few months.
"We were discussing fighting on August 3 on the Julio Cesar Chavez card, but the date looks like it's been pushed back to September (September 7). They did offer me a tune-up fight, but I’m not really into tune-up fights at this point of my career."
Mayfield turned professional in 2006 after winning the San Francisco Golden Gloves. He’s trained by Virgil Hunter.
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