Saturday, October 27, 2012
Mayfield retains title against Herrera
By Franklin McNeil ESPN.com
It took twelve rounds for Karim Mayfield to beat Mauricio Herrera and retain his title.
VERONA, N.Y. -- NABO junior welterweight champion Karim Mayfield wanted his HBO debut to be memorable.
He achieved his goal, overwhelming Mauricio Herrera en route to a unanimous decision Saturday night on the Thomas Dulorme-Luis Carlos Abregu undercard at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
The three judges scored the fight for Mayfield, 96-94, 98-92 and 97-93. Mayfield also won the fight, 98-92, on ESPN.com's scorecard.
Through much of the fight, Mayfield found Herrera's chin with hard overhand rights. In the latter rounds, Mayfield forced Herrera against the ropes where he controlled the action inside.
With the victory, Mayfield improves to 17-0-1. Herrera slips to 18-3.
By avoiding Marvin Quintero's left hand, Miguel Vazquez, right, kept his lightweight title Saturday night.
Vazquez retains lightweight title with split win
Miguel Vazquez retained his IBF lightweight title with a split decision over Marvin Quintero.
Two judges scored the fight for Vazquez 116-112 and 118-110, while the third had Quintero winning 115-113. ESPN.com had Vazquez holding onto his belt with a score of 116-112.
Vazquez (32-3) impressed two of the judges with his elusiveness and counter punching. He spent every round moving to his left to avoid Quintero's hard left hands.
Quintero (25-4) failed to cut off the ring at any point in the fight, enabling Vazquez to move around freely for 12 rounds.
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• Featherweight Joel Edward Brunker connected with a left hook to the body of Carlos Fulgencio at 1:40 of the opening round to improve to 24-0 (14 KOs). Fulgencio falls to 18-9-1.
• Cruiserweight Eric Fields extended his win streak to 10, while improving to 21-1, with a unanimous decision over Kevin Franklin. The six-round bout was scored 59-55, 60-54 and 60-54.
• Light heavyweight Ryon McKenzie (12-0) consistently landed hard rights to the head and body en route to a six-round unanimous decision over Eric Watkins, who slips to 7-3.