For the better part of 10 rounds, San Francisco’s contender tussled and muscled, out-slugged and out-mugged his way to a clear points win over Mauricio Herrera. Later that same October 2012 night in Verona, N.Y., the main event television slot was reserved for Thomas Dulorme, a tall, talented and pampered kid from Puerto Rico.
“I looked at his record,” Mayfield said of then-unbeaten prospect Dulorme. “And this guy hasn’t fought anybody with [any] zeroes.”
On Saturday, from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., Dulorme finally will.
In what will be the unbeaten 33-year-old’s sternest prizefighting outing yet, Mayfield, the pride of the Fillmore district, will face Dulorme, 24, in a 10-round bout on HBO. The winner may very well contend for a major title, and the loser likely relegated to pugilistic hell.
That’s a hell the hard-hitting Mayfield is looking to dodge.
“I don’t look to out-technique a guy,” Mayfield said. “I’m from the streets. I’ve learned a lot of technical fighting as I’ve grown in boxing. But hey, I’m gonna take it to the streets on him.”
The street, via a series of unsanctioned bare-fisted bouts, is where the 140-pound Mayfield forged his style. It’s a style reminiscent of old-fashioned strong-arming, and one Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs) executes by handcuffing a foe through a series of clinches, only to later batter him down with vicious rights and lefts.
And if there’s a style conducive to besting a 5-foot-10 puncher — one like Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs), who is perhaps unwisely shrinking from 147 pounds to 140 and was stopped by the right hand of Argentina’s Luis Carlos Abregu two years ago — it’s one that fancies getting inside. And the bulky, 5-foot-7 Mayfield is built for that. At times, Mayfield’s style is as unpretty as it is brutal.
But the fighter’s mother finds no quarrel with that.
“I know this is his lifelong dream, so therefore, I support it all the way,” said Yolanda Banks, Mayfield’s mother. “Everybody has a different type of dream, and his is to box. And I’d rather see him boxing in the ring than on the street.”
It was the street and its innate violence that claimed many people Mayfield once knew, about 30 by his calculation.
“Those are some of the people ... some of the reasons why I fight,” Mayfield said. “But I just don’t fight for death. I fight for the ones alive.”
Karim Mayfield vs. Thomas Dulorme
AT STAKE: Vacant NABF super lightweight title
WHEN: Saturday, 7 p.m. (tape-delayed for TV at 10 p.m.)
WHERE: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
RECORDS: Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs); Dulorme (20-1, 18 KOs)