Karim Mayfield: ‘I’ll beat the breaks off’ Danny Garcia


Karim Mayfield

Unbeaten junior welterweight Karim Mayfield will be in his third bout since his unanimous decision win over Mauricio Herrera when he fights Thomas Dulorme on the March 29 undercard to a WBO lightweight title defense by Sergey Kovalev against Cedric Agnew in The Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlatic City.

Mayfield, 33, was last in the ring for September's eighth-round knockout of Christopher Fernandez, ending an 11-month ring absence since beating Herrera in October 2012. Dulorme was stopped by Luis Carlos Abregu in his lone HBO appearance. 

In a press release, Mayfield  (18-0, 11 knockouts) shared his thoughts on Herrera's disputed majority decision loss Saturday to RING champion Danny Garcia, as well as his clash with Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs).

Mayfield is promoted by Top Rank.


Karim Mayfield on training with Virgil Hunter:

"Virgil and I have been working together since I was in the amateurs. He knows how to push me to bring out the best in my fighting style. Ben Bautista is also helping out. Virgil has some of the best fighters in the world working out at his gym, so I'm getting the best sparring possible.

"Virgil has got me working on some new punches that I'll display against Dulorme. Together I have a great corner guiding me to the top. Training camp is going great."

Mayfield on Dulorme:

"Dulorme is a technical guy with a long jab who has some fast hands. He's nothing special though. I've seen him get knocked out before, so I know his chin is suspect.

"I've fought guys who are long and rangy just like him, so I'm confident in my ability to land some powerful shots. If I touch that chin of his, there's no doubt, he's getting knocked out."

Mayfield on Garcia-Herrera:

"I thought Herrera pulled off the victory against Garcia because he landed more punches and was the aggressor for most of the fight. The fact that I dominated Herrera and he got the world title opportunity means there's something wrong.

"I've been calling Danny Garcia out for the last couple of years, but he's been running from me, because I put it on him when he brought me in camp.

"I'll beat the breaks off Garcia if we ever fight. First I have to take care of Dulorme, and that is where my 100 percent focus is right now."

Mayfield on fighting on HBO for the second time:

"I'm very excited to be fighting on HBO again. This is a big opportunity to prove I'm one of the top fighters in the division. This is the type of fight the fans are seeking, two guys at the top of their game who are hungry to prove they're great."