1-on-1 with Karim Mayfield prior to Saturday's bout
Karim Mayfield knocked out journeyman Christopher Fernandez in his only fight in 2013. (AP)
San Francisco native Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield already has made himself known in the boxing world, and a win in Saturday’s HBO-televised junior welterweight bout against Thomas Dulorme would go a long way in making him a household name.
Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs) will make his second appearance on HBO's Boxing After Dark, taking on Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a 10-round, 140-pound matchup at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
The pride of the Fillmore, Mayfield, 33, is coming off a knockout win over journeyman Christopher Fernandez in September, his only fight in 2013. But it was Mayfield's previous bout that really put him on the map -- an impressive 12–round dismantling of Mauricio Herrera in October 2012 before another national audience.
Dulorme, 24, boasts an impressive amateur career, winning Golden Gloves tournaments in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. He recently began working with 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia of Oxnard -- known for grooming such greats as San Leandro native Nonito Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year.
The card is headlined by a WBO light heavyweight championship match between champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and challenger Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs). A win could put "Krusher" Kovalev in line for a superfight with Oakland's Andre Ward.