It’s been a long two weeks for Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield since losing his 10-round Super Lightweight battle against Thomas Dulome in Atlantic City.
Dulome punched and controlled Mayfield early in the fight held his ground all ten rounds to gain the unanimous decision. It was the first professional loss for the 33 year-old boxer in a career that has recorded 18 wins and 1 loss.
“I could have let my hands go more but Dulome was holding me a lot,” said Mayfield, noting that he was never able to get in a comfortable rhythm.
The ordeal surrounding his manager Marlon Sullivan, who was arrested by federal agents in a murder for hire plot involving San Francisco State Senator Leland Yee, cause Mayfield to have “a lot on his mind” but he says he has no excuses.
“He was the better man that night. I know I can beat him but I must move on and see what is next for me,” he added.
A native of San Francisco, raised in the Fillmore, Mayfield grew up rough but turned to boxing to keep him out of the streets. Local San Francisco trainer Ben Bautista took him under his wing and as an amateur he held a record of 54 wins and only 4 losses. He went on to win the San Francisco Golden Gloves title in 2006.
He has since signed a promotional deal with Bob Arums’ “Top Rank” boxing and has sparred with some of boxing’s best including recent World Boxing Organization champion Manny Pacquiao.
If Mayfield had won the Dulome fight, he would have been in line for a major title shot. But now, he has to regroup and while most fighters are in the prime of their careers at 33, Mayfield feels he is still in his career’s infancy.
He hadn’t fought in over a year prior to the Dulome fight but says he wants to fight more frequently. He hopes to be back in the ring by June, preferably fighting somewhere in the Bay Area.
“I’m not done fighting,” he said. “I still got a lot of fight left in me.”