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Friday Night Fights results: Emmanuel Taylor tops Karim Mayfield in main event

Emmanuel Taylor got his hand raised tonight on ESPN Friday Night Fights, edging past Karim Mayfield in a 140-pound clash that was pivotal for both men.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Both Emmanuel Taylor and Karim Mayfield were looking to get back in the winner's circle following defeats in their last bouts earlier this year, and it wound up being Taylor getting the nod to hand Mayfield a second straight loss, winning an unanimous decision on scores of 95-94, 95-94, and 97-92.

Taylor (18-2, 12 KO) was down in the eighth round, but still did enough to edge by on two of the judges' scorecards, winning six of the 10 rounds and not erasing the point lost due to the knockdown. Mayfield (18-2-1, 11 KO) showed a lot of the same issues we saw in his previous loss to Thomas Dulorme, and it's probably fair to expect little in terms of serious contention from Mayfield now that he's 33 and losing a pair of fights at this level. You never know, but considering him a big underdog to be a real player from here is reasonable.

In the co-feature, welterweights Cletus Seldin and Bayan Jargal went to a no-contest in three rounds, with the fight stopped due to Jargal's right eye closing because of an accidental headbutt. It was a decent little club fight from what we got to see, but that's about it.

In the TV opener on ESPN2, Anthony Karperis (7-2, 3 KO) beat Ariel Duran (7-7-1, 4 KO) via four round unanimous decision on scores of 39-37 across the board. Duran is now 1-7-1 following a 6-0 start to his career.

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