Welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov is 10-0 with 10 KOs. Karim Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs) has lost three of his last four. But, formerly world rated Mayfield has warned Eyubov not to expect an easy fight. “He’s a very strong guy, but I’m more experienced than he is for sure,” said Mayfield. “He comes out looking for the first-round knockout by swinging with everything he’s got and he’s going to find it doesn’t work on me. He doesn’t show too much footwork either, so he’s going to have trouble. I expect to bring it to him and for him to not be able to last the whole ten rounds with me.”
Mayfield will take on Eyubov in the 10-round opening fight on the August 19 ShoBox telecast from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
“I’m training hard and getting prepared and sparring guys who come forward,” Mayfield said. “You haven’t seen a 100 percent Karim Mayfield. I’ve shown glimpses of it, but the past three fights, my training hasn’t been on point. I was training like a boxer. I’m not the boxer type. I bring it to you and I’m back to my original style. That wasn’t a good look for me. I was burning more energy moving around. I’m excited about this opportunity. After this win, I’ll be back in the top-tier fights. I’m excited I have a great opportunity and proper time to get prepared. I’m working hard and getting ready and I look forward to a sensational victory.”
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