Karim Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs), the man who was blatantly ducked by Floyd Mayweather in favor of Andre Berto, has just signed a new promotional deal with Greg Cohen. Before winning an 8-round decision against Michael Balasi last month, Mayfield had dropped two straight fights to Thomas Dulorme and Emmanuel Taylor. And seeing how Mayfield is already 35-years-old, he'd like to keep his train on the tracks for as long as possible to make a run at a title shot.
"I am excited to be signing with (Greg Cohen Promotions) and look forward to being back in action early in 2016," said Mayfield, who has experience as a sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao's. "This will give me the opportunity to fight some of the top fighters in the world. I am hard at work preparing, wearing my army fatigues, ready to go duck hunting next year."
Cohen plans to keep Mayfield active, and hopes to have his next fight scheduled shortly.
"Karim has amazing natural abilities and the personality to become a crossover star," Cohen said. "I'm very happy he's chosen us to help guide his career. We're going to get him back in the ring often."
Mayfield isn't as refined as a lot of the top flight competition in his division is, but he's tough and willing to mix it up with anybody out there. Whether that'll be enough for him to get, and win, a world title remains to be seen, but time certainly doesn't appear to be on his side.