By Francisco Salazar
Junior welterweights Mauricio Herrera and Karim Mayfield will fight in a scheduled 10 round bout on August 17th in San Francisco, CA, Thompson Boxing Promotions General Manager and matchmaker Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com on Tuesday. The bout will headline the season-ending telecast of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series.
“It’s a done deal,” said Camponovo, who represents the promotional company that promotes Herrera. No word yet on where the fight card will take place.
Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs) is coming off a competitive 10 round unanimous decision loss to unbeaten Mike Alvarado on April 14th in Las Vegas, NV. Prior to the Alvarado fight, Herrera had won his previous five bouts in a row since a controversial eight split decision loss to Mike Anchondo in December 2009. Prior to the Alvarado bout on June of last year, Herrera won a 10 round majority decision over Mike Dallas Jr.
Herrera’s most impressive victory to date was in January of last year against hard-hitting Ruslan Provodnikov. Overcoming what was later discovered to be a broken orbital bone to his left eye, Herrera rallied in the second half of the fight to win a 12 round unanimous decision.
Nicknamed “El Maestro” (The Teacher), Herrera hails from Riverside, CA. His older brother Albert fights professionally as well.
Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) will be fighting in his hometown of San Francisco. He has also fought nearby in Oakland and about an hour south in San Jose.
In his last bout on May 18th, Mayfield is coming off a fifth round stoppage over Raymond Serrano, who entered the bout unbeaten. Prior to the Serrano fight, Mayfield won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over former fringe contender Patrick Lopez on October 1st.
Mayfield will be defending his regional 140-pound title.
Opening the telecast will be unbeaten Jose Aguiniga fighting in a scheduled 10 round bout against an opponent to be determined. Aguiniga (33-0, 15 KOs) is a former bantamweight and super bantamweight contender and is targeting to fight at the super featherweight limit.