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 visitwww.prizefightboxing.org.