There’s a boxing card Saturday in San Francisco, which sounds pretty attractive in itself.
But here are two more-specific reasons to attend. One, San Francisco’s Karim Mayfield, still on the fringes of junior welterweight rankings and contention, will fight in the main event. Two, the venue is a charmer, the Longshoremen’s Hall near Fisherman’s Wharf.
Mayfield and Michael Balasi (10-5, 7 knockouts) of Honolulu will fight in the eight-round welterweight main event, and female heavyweights Martha Salazar (12-4, 3 KOs) of San Francisco and Tanzee Daniel (4-3-1, 1 KO) of New York will clash in the 10-round co-main event.
Mayfield (18-2-1, 11 knockouts) suffered his first professional defeat in March to the taller junior welterweight Thomas Dulorme, and a second to Emanuel Taylor (17-2, 12 knockouts), who outpointed Mayfield in-between losses to Chris Algieri and Adrien Broner.
These were among five or six bouts Mayfield has fought on national television, a couple of times on HBO but primarily at the ESPN level — still prestigious nonetheless. An untelevised eight-round local fight is a step down, and Mayfield admits he’s in a humble situation.
“Man, I’ve been working real hard in the gym and I’m just trying to get back in the win column,” Mayfield says. “I had a couple of setbacks in my last two fights, but I’ve had time to rethink the situation, and now I feel I’m ready to go on another run. I know I have some fight left in me, and I’m going to bring it on November 8th in front of my hometown fans.
“Balasi is a tough guy, but I’m on a mission to get back on top, and I’m not going to let him derail me. He’s in trouble.”
Mayfield, as usual, was solid defensively and boring offensively in the two losses. He bucked that trend in 2012 with his fifth-round stoppage of Roger Serrano on ESPN, but now he’s in a less commanding position and needs to maintain whatever attractiveness he has left to the television entities.
Also on the card:
–In a six-round superwelterweight bout, San Francisco’s Ricardo Pinell (9-1-1, 6 KOs) takes on Rahman Yusobov (11-17, 9 KOs) of Dallas.
–In an eight-round super-welterweight bout, it’s Watsonville’s Jonathan Garcia (15-0, 11 KOs) against Levan Ghvamichava (12-1-1, 9 KOs) of Hayward.
–In a four-round super-featherweight bout, it’s Daly City’s Adam Fiel (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Cesar Martinez (0-2) of Austin, Texas.
–In a four-round super-welterweight bout, San Francisco’s Otis Seymore makes his pro debut against Turlock’s Khrys Daniels, also making his debut.
–In a six-round featherweight bout, San Francisco’s Laura Deanovic (1-6) faces Marquita Lee (2-0) of Novato.
It’s a very charming venue. Think about attending.
The Long Shoreman’s Hall is located 400 North Point St. San Francisco, CA, 94133. Doors open at 5:30 P.M first fight at 6:00 P.M Tickets priced $40 (Balcony) and $60 (Floor) are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.oppboxing.com or www.eventbrite.com. $75 Ringside Tickets SOLD OUT! $600 VIP tables are also available for purchase by calling (415) 725-2479.. For more information go to www.oppboxing.com.