By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior welterweight Karim Mayfield will not be fighting Mauricio Herrera on August 17th, as was originally planned, Prize Fight Promotions Vice President of Operations Nate Yoder told Fightnews.com on Tuesday. According to Yoder, Herrera pulled out of the fight against Mayfield due to an apparent back injury suffered during training.
The fight card was originally going to take place in San Francisco. Instead, the card will take place across the San Francisco Bay at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, located just north of Oakland. Prize Fight Promotions is currently looking for a replacement for Herrera and are willing to take on all comers, according to Yoder.
“We at Prize Fight believe Karim is the top 140-pounder in the world today. We have offered this fight to anyone that will take it. We understand that Karim’s devastating punching power may stop a lot of 140-pound fighters today from stepping up to the challenge. But, we want to let them know that Team Mayfield is ready and willing to take on all comers. Karim has never backed down from any fighter and won’t start now. So who wants to step up?”
Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) is coming off a fifth round stoppage victory over Raymond Serrano on May 18th.
Also on the card will be a compelling 10 round bout between unbeaten Jose Aguiniga and southpaw Gabriel Tolmajyan. The contract weight for the bout will be between 130-135 pounds.
The card will be televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” It will be the final regular “Friday Night Fights” telecast of 2012.