Mayfield stops Serrano in five

May 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Karim Mayfield scored a fifth round stoppage over Raymond Serrano in a battle of undefeated Jr. Welterweight at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.

Not much happend over the first two rounds and then in round three Mayfield landed a right hand that sent Serrano to the canvas. Mayfield landed a big right to punctuate the round. Both guys were cut due to a headbutt. Just before the end of round four, Mayfield landed a booming right hand flush on the jaw and Serrano crumbled to the canvas. Serrano stumbled back to corner and chaos ensued as Serrano’scorner began arguing with each other on weather to stop the fight. That conflict lead to the stool no getting into the corner and Serrano was not able to get the proper attention needed.

Mayfield capitalized on that as he jumped on Serrano and landed a big right hand and the fight was sopped.

Mayfield, 139 lbs of San Francisco is now 16-0-1 with ten knockouts. Serrano, 139 lbs of Philadelphia is now 18-1.

Jason Escalera and Nick Brinson fought to an entertaining eight round draw in a Middleweight bout.

Brinson boxed well early as he landed some decent right hands and flurries. Escalera came on late and had Brinson in trouble in the seventh round. The fought hard down the the stretch with each guy gaining the nod on a card by 76-75 tallies while a third card read 76-76.

Escalera, 160 lbs of Union City, NJ is now 13-0-1. Brinson is 9-1-2.

Anthony Jones scored two knockdowns en route by scoring a four round unanimous decision over Kevin Rooney Jr. in a Middleweight bout.

Jones hit Rooney with a right hook in round one that drove Rooney into the ropes that was ruled a knockdown. In round two, Jones landed a perfect straight left that sent Rooney down to the seat of his pants. Rooney fought well in the last two rounds but the knockdowns were the difference.

Jones, 161 lbs of Newark, NJ won by scores of 39-35; 38-36 and 38-36 and is now 2-0-1. Rooney, 160 lbs of Catskill, NY is now 4-2.

Undefeated Junior Welterweights Serrano & Mayfield on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

May 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Undefeated Junior Welterweights Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs) and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs) will meet in the 10-round main event May 18 on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s show will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Albany, N.Y. The card is presented by Star Boxing.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside for ESPN2 HD and ESPN3 at the Times Union Center describing the action, while studio host Bernardo Osuna will present the latest boxing news and highlights. On ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights), Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio.

Both shows will include Osuna’s interview earlier this week with Manny Pacquiao. Both shows will also discuss the U.S. Olympic boxing team as it prepares for the 2012 Summer Games in London. ESPN Deportes will discuss U.S. Olympic boxer Jose Ramirez and female boxer Marlen Esparza. Esparza of Texas, moved to the third round at the women’s world boxing championships Sunday.

Main Event:
California’s Mayfield is trained by Virgil Hunter, who also trains Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward, and enters Friday’s fight having defeated former Junior Lightweight titlist Steve Forbes. Mayfield won a 10-round decision over two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez in his last fight.

Serrano of Philadelphia is coming off a February 10-round decision win over Kenny Abril.

“I’ve seen a few of Mayfield’s fights,” Serrano said. “I think both of us are going to try to see who lands first. I think he’s going to come out strong, but I’ve got a good game plan. I’m ready to go to war.”

Co-Feature:

Undefeated Middleweight Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (12-0, 11 KOs) will meet Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (9-1-1, 5 KOs) in the co-feature. Both fighters are coming off wins over Marcus Brooks–New Jersey’s Escalera with a fourth-round TKO and New York’s Brinson with an eight-round decision.

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ESPN2′S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS HITS THE TIMES UNION CENTER IN ALBANY, NY ON MAY 18TH Raymond Serrano vs. Karim Mayfield Headline

April 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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BRONX, NY (April 2, 2012) Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York with ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights on Friday, May 18th.

Priced at $75, $50, $40 and $30, advance tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 5th and are available through Ticketmaster, (www.Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000) or at the Times Union Center Box Office, (1-800-30-EVENT), and at select Wal-Mart Music Centers. Tickets are also available by calling Star Boxing at 718-823-2000 or on www.starboxing.com.

The May 18th event marks the return of Star Boxing to the Times Union Center, following an action packed debut on February 4th.

Headlining ESPN2′S Friday Night Fights is a terrific junior welterweight ten round bout between 22 year old undefeated Philadelphia prospect Raymond “Tito” Serrano, 18-0-0 (8KO’s) and the also unbeaten and defending NABO Champion Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield, 15-0-1 (9KO’s) of San Francisco, California.

“We’re very excited to return to the Times Union Center and the great boxing fans in the Albany, New York region with ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights. The support we received from the fans and media for our first show convinced us to bring another terrific event to the area” said DeGuardia

“Serrano and Mayfield each understand this is an outstanding opportunity and we expect a sensational fight from the opening bell.”

A native of Puerto Rico, Serrano returns to ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights following a dominant ten round decision win over Kenny Abril on February 10th at the Mohegan Sun Casino. A pro since the age of 18, Serrano is seen by many in boxing as having the skills needed to become a world champion.

The big talking Mayfield is coming off two excellent wins in 2011, a tenth round stoppage of former world champion Stevie Forbes on June 17th in Austin, Texas and a ten round decision over Patrick Lopez on October 1st in Tunica, Mississippi.

Additional bouts on this card will be announced shortly by Star Boxing.

The Times Union Center is location at 51 South Pearl Street in Albany, New York, 12207. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell scheduled for 7:30pm.

ABOUT THE TIMES UNION CENTER:

Upstate New York’s premiere sports and entertainment facility, the Times Union Center, located in Albany, NY, is excited to welcome boxing back after a 14 year hiatus. Hosting boxing in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1997, the Times Union Center offers the perfect atmosphere for championship events, and our fans are ready for championship boxing to make its long awaited return to the biggest stage in the Albany. Nestled between Hall of Famer Mike Tyson’s hometown of Catskill, NY, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, the Capital Region is a great boxing community for both fighters and fans locally and in our surrounding areas. Albany, NY is easy to get to from anywhere! Amtrak offers direct trains from New York City, Buffalo and all points in between, and major interstates from points east, west, north and south intersect in the capital region making it easy to drive from all parts of the state. For more information, please visit their website atwww.timesunioncenter-albany.com

KARIM MAYFIELD vs. RAYMOND SERRANO NABO LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN MAY 18 ON ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

March 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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SAN FRANCISCO (March 29, 2012) – On May 18, undefeated NABO light welterweight champion, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs), headlines ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” when he defends his title against Philadelphia’s Raymond Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs) at the Exhibition Hall at The Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing in association with Prize Fight Promotions will promote the 10-round bout.

Mayfield, a San Francisco native, is no stranger to fighting on the east coast. Recently, he was in Philadelphia sparring with Danny Garcia in preparation for Garcia’s fight with Erik Morales. On October 1, 2011, Mayfield dominated Patrick Lopez (20-5, 12 KOs) winning a unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBO NABO light welterweight title.

“I’ve been in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito, Robert Guerrero and many other world class fighters,” Mayfield said. “I know I got the talent to become a world champion. I’m in great shape and I’m always ready to go in case a fight comes up. I’ve been in the gym working hard and my timing is on point.”

“Virgil Hunter, who’s one of the best trainers in the world, will be working my corner. He’s guided me to victory before and I know together, we’ll come up with a masterful game plan.”

“This is a big opportunity for Karim to show the world he’s an elite fighter,” said Prize Fight promoter Brian Young. “This will be the first time Mayfield headlines a nationally televised main event and we believe he has all the talent to become a world champion. If he’s victorious, we want to push for a title shot by the end of the year.”

This is a big opportunity for Serrano, who is seeking his first regional title. He’ll be fighting close to his hometown of Philadelphia where he’s fought most of his career.

“Serrano is a tough guy with a good record and I’ll be going into his backyard for this fight,” Mayfield said. “But I’m on a mission to get that world title shot and I’m not going to let anyone stop me. I’m just going to keep winning and let my management and promotional teams do their jobs. I’m taking on all comers but my focus right now is strictly on Serrano. I’ts an honor to be fighting as the main-event on ESPN. It’s my time to shine.”

KARIM “HARD HITTA” MAYFIELD CAPTURES NABO TITLE IN DOMINATING FASHION

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San Francisco California, October 3, 2011 – This past Saturday at the Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KO’s) remained undefeated with a dominating performance over Patrick Lopez (20-5, 12 KO’s) to capture the vacant Jr. Welterweight NABO title. Mayfield impressed the crowd with his power punching style knocking Lopez down three times before the final bell rang to score a unanimous decision. Scorecards read 99-88, 97-90 and 98-90.

“I wanted to come out and prove to the fans that I’m one of the best fighters in the world,” said Mayfield. “Lopez was tough, but I knew I had the ability to win this fight impressively. Now that I’m the NABO Jr. Welterweight champion, I can see myself fighting on a bigger stage against any of the top fighters in the division. My message to all the champions and top ten fighters at Jr. Welterweight is…lets get it on.”

Prize Fight promoter Brian Young went on to say, “Karim’s stock is elevating with every victory and I believe he has the skill and talent to become a world champion. You can add Karim Mayfield’s name into the mix at Jr. Welterweight which is one of the best divisions in boxing right now. We are going to evaluate what fights can be made and work hard to get Karim in a big fight.”

For more information please visit www.prizefightboxing.org.

KARIM “HARD HITTA” MAYFIELD TO FIGHT FOR VACANT NABO JR. WELTERWEIGHT TITLE

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San Francisco California, September 8, 2011 – San Francisco’s undefeated Jr. Welterweight slugger, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (14-0-1, 9 KO’s) has officially signed a contract to fight Patrick Lopez (20-4, 12 KO’s) who hails from Cojedes, Venezuela. The ten round bout, promoted by Prize Fight and Mo Betta Entertainment, takes place at “Fitzgerald’s Casino and Hotel” in Tunica, Mississippi on October 1, 2011 . On the line will be the vacant NABO Jr. Welterweight title.

Mayfield, who recently defeated former world champion Steve Forbes on ESPN this summer, went on to say, “This is a great opportunity to showcase my skills against a live opponent. I’ve fought my whole career at Welterweight but feel this is the right move for me. Fighting at Jr. Welterweight I’ll have a distinct advantage because I know I’ll be stronger than any other fighter in the division. Fighting for a regional title is the first step toward my goal of becoming a world champion. I’m going to bring the fight to Lopez and look for the knockout”

“Karim shocked a lot of people in boxing circles by stopping Steve Forbes at welterweight,” said Prize Fight promoter Brian Young. “I expect to him to be even faster and more powerful at 140 lbs. He has the potential to give anyone problems between Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight.”

Sports South, a Fox Affiliate will air the fight on a one week tape delay for Dish Network and Direct TV subscribers. For more information please visit www.prizefightboxing.org.

KARIM “HARD HITTA” MAYFIELD RETURNS TO THE RING ON JUNE 17, 2011 ON ESPN 2 FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

May 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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San Francisco, May 24, 2011 – After signing a three year contract with Prize Fight Boxing Promotions, undefeated welterweight prospect, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KO’s), makes his way back to the ring after a one year layoff.

The hard punching Mayfield who hails from San Francisco California, will battle Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KO’s) in a ten round bout. The fight is set to take place in Austin, Texas on Friday June 17, 2011 and will be televised live on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights as the Co-Feature to Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KO’s) vs. Michael Medina (24-3-2, 19 KO’s).

“It’s been tough getting fights over the course of my career but I’m ready to go,” said Mayfield. “Steve Forbes is a veteran fighter that has fought some high quality guys and I expect his experience will be a challenge. Now that I’ve signed with Prize Fight I feel my career will take off.”

“Karim is just the type of fighter that boxing needs. An action packed fighter willing to fight anybody, anywhere, any time. We are excited to be part of Team Mayfield’s journey to the top. A journey, for us, that will begin with June 17th against Steve Forbes on ESPN”, stated Prize Fight’s Russ Young.

Mayfield, who recently spent a few months in camp with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao continued, “After sparring with Manny my confidence is at an all time high because Pacquiao brought out the best in me. The experience I gained being in camp with him can only make me better.”

Mayfield Stops De La Torre in San Francisco

June 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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By Mario Ortega (Ringside)

Boxing returned to the City by the Bay for the first time in several years, as local welterweight prospect Karim Mayfield kayoed Sergio De La Torre in the main attraction before nearly 2,000 of his vocal supporters at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, California on Saturday night.

Mayfield (13-0-1, 7 KOs) of nearby Daly City, California brought his home crowd to their feet early and often in five rounds of one-sided action. De La Torre (11-14-3, 1 KO) of Escondido, California had been stopped just three times prior to Saturday night, but he was clearly feeling Mayfield’s punches beginning with the first overhand right that was landed early in the first round. Mayfield jumped on his opponent right away, landing a flurry of clean punches with De La Torre leaning against the ropes. Clubbing overhand rights were the weapon of choice for Mayfield, 146.5, as he closed out a dominant first round.

De La Torre, 147, continued to show off his durable chin in the second round as a vicious right, left hook combination landed for Mayfield early on. However, it appeared a Mayfield overhand right forced a knockdown late in the round, but referee Jon Schorle ruled it was a push. Finally in the third, De La Torre began to crack, as a looping left scored the first official knockdown in the fight for Mayfield. De La Torre was downed again, this time by a three-punch combination, just before the end of the third.

To his credit, De La Torre kept coming forward, proving his gameness as the fight continued. Another overhand right stunned De La Torre in the fourth. Mayfield followed up with a left and right that forced the Escondido native to fall into the corner. While it was clear the turnbuckles kept De La Torre off of the mat, a knockdown was not ruled.

The knockdown count would prove to be academic, as a solid right would get De La Torre in trouble again late in the fifth. With the crowd anticipating the stoppage, Mayfield landed an overhand right and a left hook to prompt Schorle to call a halt to the bout at the 3:00 mark of the fifth. As Mayfield found himself hoisted on the shoulders of his team, much of the crowd rushed the ring to celebrate with their emerging boxing star.

Despite competing with San Francisco Giants-Oakland A’s interleague game taking place simultaneously down the highway at AT&T Park and the Andre Ward-Allan Green WBA Super Middleweight title fight which takes place across the Bay next weekend, Mayfield showed he could become the first boxing draw San Francisco has had in many years. That fact, coupled with his exciting style and flair for entertainment, could go along way in making him attractive to a major promoter – something he has been seeking since he turned professional in 2006.

In the co-feature, Tony Hirsch (12-3-1, 5 KOs) of Oakland, California scored a second-round knockout over pudgy journeyman Jovanni Rubio (6-12, 5 KOs) of Santa Rosa, California. Hirsch, 163, controlled the fight from the outset, continually finding a home for his thudding overhand right. Rubio, 167.5, was roughly a foot shorter than his opponent, and was never able to get inside Hirsch’s long reach to do any damage.

After dominating the action with his right hand in the first round, Hirsch turned up the aggression in the second, unleashing flurries with both fists. Finally late in the round, with Rubio retreating from corner to corner, Hirsch unloaded his arsenal with referee Dan Stell standing in close looking for a reason to stop the fight. Hirsch gave the referee the reason he was looking for by landing a big right to stagger Rubio and force the stoppage. Time of the bout was 2:34 of the second round.

In the most competitive bout on the card, former National PAL Champion Bruno Escalante Jr. (1-0-1) of Waimanalo, Hawaii moved up in weight to score his first professional victory over Jonathan Alcantara (4-2-1) of Novato, California in an exciting four-rounder. Alcantara, 120.5, started out well, as he found a home for his straight right against his southpaw opponent in the first round. Escalante, 118.4, turned the fight in the following round with quick flurries and lateral movement.

Fast-paced, high quality fight action continued through the final two rounds and until the final bell. In a fight that could have gone either way, one judge scored the fight 39-37 for Alcantara. That tally was overruled by the scores of the other two judges who had the fight for Escalante, 39-37. Escalante turned pro at 112-pounds, fighting to a draw against Takashi Okada in February. Okada upset the highly touted McWilliams Arroyo in New York on Saturday night.

In the curtain raiser, Benjamin Rivera (1-3) of Fresno, California moved into the win column for the first time in his pro career with a unanimous four-round decision over the still winless Shawn Wate (0-5) of Los Angeles, California. Wate, 138, may have been slowed down by the large afro he sported in the ring, since he was consistently outworked by Rivera, 138.5, for much of the four rounds. In the end, all three judges scored the bout for Rivera by the scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice.

Mario Ortega Jr. can be reached at ortega15rds@lycos.com.

Mayfield Brings the Fight Home Tonight

June 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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By Mario Ortega Jr.

For the first time in over four years, professional boxing returns to San Francisco tonight as local welterweight prospect Karim Mayfield headlines a four-bout card at the Kezar Pavilion. Mayfield, who found boxing growing up in the Fillmore section of San Francisco, will take on journeyman Sergio De La Torre in the eight-round main event. Fighters weighed in Friday afternoon at Gussie’s Chicken & Waffles in San Francisco.

Mayfield (12-0-1, 7 KOs) of Daly City, California has fought in the Bay Area eight times in his thirteen fight career, but never before in San Francisco. In his last fight, this past March, Mayfield scored a razor thin six-round majority decision over Mario Jose Ramos in Reno, Nevada. Known for his entertaining style, Mayfield will look to be more impressive in front of his home crowd against De La Torre tonight. Mayfield, who has often fought at junior middleweight to get fights, weighed in at 146 ½-pounds Friday.

The well traveled De La Torre (11-13-3, 1 KO) of Escondido, California has won just twice in his past fifteen fights, with many of those fights coming against touted prospects. De La Torre comes in off two tough losses to well regarded light welterweights Mike Dallas Jr. and Josesito Lopez last year. Despite his lopsided record, De La Torre does come to fight and has only been stopped in three of his defeats. In a site note, De La Torre fought in the main event of one of the few events held in San Francisco in recent years, and was stopped in eight by Juaquin Gallardo at the Cow Palace in December of 2003. De La Torre weighed in at 147-pounds Friday.

In the co-feature, former San Francisco Golden Gloves Champion Tony Hirsch (11-3-1, 5 KOs) of Oakland, California will take on Jovanni Rubio (6-11, 5 KOs) of Santa Rosa, California in an eight-round super middleweight fight. Hirsch, who played for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League, weighed in at 163-pounds. Rubio, who began his career as a light welterweight, scaled 167.5-pounds Friday.

Somebody’s “O” must go, as Benjamin Rivera (0-3) of Fresno, California will meet Shawn Wate (0-4) of Los Angeles, California in a four-round bout pairing winless light welterweights. Rivera, who turned professional last year, weighed in at 138.5-pounds. Wate, who dropped his opponent twice in his pro debut and still managed to lose a four-round decision, scaled 138.

In the fight that may steal the show, all-action Jonathan Alcantara (4-1-1) of Novato, California will take on former amateur standout Bruno Escalante Jr. (0-0-1) of Waimanalo, Hawaii in a four-round super bantamweight fight. Escalante, the 2008 National PAL Champion at 112-pounds, trains out of the same Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos, California as fellow Filipino and current Interim WBA Super Flyweight Champion Nonito Donaire Jr. Alcantara, the naturally larger fighter, has experience against former amateur stars, with upsets over both Aaron Alafa and David Clark. Alcantara scaled 120.5-pounds, while Escalante weighed in at 118.4.

Advertised bouts involving San Francisco-based young pros Richard Hargraves, Miguel Lopez and Cynthia Talmadge were unfortunately cancelled when their opponents fell out and replacements were not found in time.

Tickets for the event, promoted by Mo’ Betta Entertainment and Hard Knox Promotions, are available online at Vbotickets.com.

Quick Weigh-in Results:

Welterweights, 8 Rounds

Mayfield 146.5

De La Torre 147

Super Middleweights, 8 Rounds

Hirsch 164

Rubio 167.5

Light Welterweights, 4 Rounds

Rivera 138.5

Wate 138

Super Bantamweights, 4 Rounds

Alcantara 120.5

Escalante Jr. 118.4

Photos by Junior Beronilla

Mario Ortega Jr. can be reached at ortega15rds@lycos.com.

Gonzales, Mayfield Move Past Veteran Foes in Reno

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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By Mario Ortega jr. (Ringside)

Northern California-based prospects Brandon Gonzales and Karim Mayfield passed perhaps the toughest tests of their professional careers thus far, notching decision victories over tough journeyman opponents before a standing room only crowd at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada on Friday night.

Rising middleweight Brandon Gonzales (11-0, 9 KOs) of Sacramento, California outboxed rugged gatekeeper Darnell Boone (16-15-2, 6 KOs) of Atlanta, Georgia, topping the veteran via eight-round unanimous decision. Boone, 163, has been in with just about everyone from 154- to 168-pounds, but Gonzales, 163, proved to be the more complete fighter.

Gonzales flashed power early on, landing a clean left, right, left hook combination that rocked Boone late in the first. Luckily for the Atlanta resident, the bell came seconds later, before Gonzales could really follow up. Gonzales landed well in the second, but was in no rush to try and force a knockout. Boone woke up a bit in the third, but he could not match the varied attack Gonzales threw at him.

Boone changed up his approach in the fourth, bouncing on his toes at a distance and leaping in with the occasional well-timed punch. The pace of the fight slowed in the fifth, which made it easier for Gonzales to settle in and control the fight with his superior boxing skills. Outside of the two-way action that closed the fight, Boone was content to stay in a defensive posture for the final few rounds. Gonzales took what he could get and cruised to the decision. Scores read 80-71, 78-74, 79-73 for the undefeated “Flawless” Gonzales.

When Gonzales buzzed Boone late in the first, it looked as though the Sacramento prospect may become only the second fighter to stop the durable journeyman. “You have got to give credit to his experience,” said Gonzales after the fight. “I got him hurt, dug down to the body, but he dipped down low and survived those final seconds in the round. I couldn’t get him out of there, he survived, and you have to give him credit for that.”

While a knockout win would have been an eye-opener, Gonzales seemed satisfied with the decision victory. “I think we made the adjustments, and maybe if we had a ten or twelve-rounder, we possibly could have got him out of there,” said Gonzales. “He is an experienced guy, we got the rounds in, and I think I passed the test.” Gonzales is slated for a May 22nd card back at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno.

Unbeaten light middleweight prospect Karim Mayfield (12-0-1, 7 KOs) of Daly City, California edged Mario Jose Ramos (17-7-1, 3 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona to win a six-round majority decision. Mayfield, 150, had trouble with the awkward style the southpaw journeyman Ramos, 150, employed throughout the fight. It was mostly one at a time for Mayfield, but he still landed the clean, more telling blows each round. Scores read 59-55, 58-56 for Mayfield, with one even score at 57-57.

Perhaps some of Mayfield’s difficulties with Ramos could be explained with the brief amount of time he had to prepare for the southpaw, after originally scheduled orthodox fighter Jason Davis withdrew two weeks ago. “He had an awkward style,” admitted Mayfield. “We had a southpaw switched to us within the last two weeks. With the change of opponents, we had to make a different transition. I only had two sparring sessions with a southpaw, so combinations weren’t rolling the same way. Nevertheless, he was real durable opponent, and it was a learning experience.”

Very few fighters have ever looked good against Ramos, but Mayfield was hoping for a more decisive conclusion to impress those watching ringside. “I wanted to make a statement and get him out of there, but he was real durable guy and been in with some top guys,” said Mayfield. “I hit him with some good shots, but we will go back to the drawing board. It was my first fight against a southpaw as a professional and we came out with the victory, so I am happy about that.” Mayfield hopes to land a fight by May, but is slated to fight in June in San Francisco on a card promoted by his brother LaRon’s Mo’ Betta Entertainment.

Rounding out the boxing portion of the card, debuting Omar Zaldivar (1-0) of Reno scored a four-round unanimous decision over Tom Peterson (0-1) of Modesto, California. A mixed martial artist by trade, Peterson, 154, displayed a raw fighting style that was likely better suited for that combat sport. The hard-charging, more technically sound Zaldivar, 154, pressed the fight from the outset and had Peterson in trouble for much of the fourth. Peterson lasted the distance, but lost the fight by scores of 40-36 three times.

In a quickie, Adam Albright (4-1, 3 Submissions) of San Francisco, California disappointed the home crowd as he submitted popular local attraction Josh Turner (2-2, 2 Submissions) of Reno in the opening round in the night’s main MMA attraction. Albright, 175, quickly gained control of Turner, 175, eventually cinching in with a guillotine choke hold. Seconds later Turner asked the referee for relief at 1:30 of the round.

In the highly-anticipated female MMA bout, Nicole Johnson (2-1) of Roseville scored a three-round unanimous decision over Jenny Trujillo (1-1) of San Jose, California.

After a brutal, back-and-forth first-round, the pace slowed and Johnson, 140, gradually took control of the fight. Trujillo, 145, was determined and had her moments in the fight. However, all three judges scored the bout 29-28 for Johnson.

Rick Randolph (5-3, 3 KOs, 2 Submissions) of Roseville, California scored a first-round submission win over Ryan Wong (1-2, 1 KO) of San Jose in the opener. Randolph, 205, took Wong, 205, to the mat early in the first and held positioning control through nearly the entire round. At 4:05 of the round, Randolph locked in a triangle choke to secure the submission victory.

“Reno Xtreme Fights IV” is scheduled for May 22nd at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, with Reno native Joey Gilbert slated for the main event. Let’s Get It On Promotions also holds a July 3rd date at the Reno Events Center to commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of the Jack Johnson-James J. Jeffries fight.

Mario Ortega Jr. can be reached at ortega15rds@lycos.com.

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    • Hall will fight Butler in June to defend title April 21, 2014
      Bantamweight titlist Stuart Hall of England will make his second defense when he faces countryman Paul Butler on June 7 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, promoters Dennis Hobson and Frank Warren announced on Monday.
      Dan Rafael
    • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76 April 20, 2014
      Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.
      Associated Press
    • Hopkins, 49, becomes oldest to unify titles April 20, 2014
      There are few superlatives left to describe Bernard Hopkins, the nearly half-century old fighter still going strong at age 49. But brilliant works.
      Dan Rafael