Mayfield Wants Eyubov Rematch: "I Was Robbed"!
(August 26th) Having had a week to consider his controversial decision loss to Kazakhstan's Bakhtiyar Eyubov (11-0, 10 KOs), San Francisco welterweight Karim Mayfield says he's not happy.
Fighting in the opening fight on ShoBox: The New Generation® last Friday, August 19, at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York, Mayfield (19-4-1, 11 KOs) appeared to outpunch and outwork his unbeaten foe, especially in the last four rounds. Despite having the statistical advantage - and winning in the eyes of the Showtime commentators, most of the ringside media, the fans in attendance and a worldwide outcry - Mayfield found himself on the wrong side of a 10-round split decision (95-94 twice for Eyubov and 95-94 for Mayfield) at the end of their exciting battle.
"I'm pretty upset about it," said Mayfield. "I trained hard for that fight. I was finally able to get a normal eight-week camp to train and train for a specific fighter. I haven't had that in a long time. It felt great to be that focused, but to get it stolen from me is not a good feeling. A lot of time fighters lose and think they won, but this isn't like that. The public agrees I won. The commentators say I won. I was robbed. I'm not just thinking this. It's true I was robbed."
Showing toughness, power and a high level of conditioning, Mayfield came on stronger and stronger as the grueling fight wore on. Despite the loss, it was a very impressive and career-rejuvenating performance against a foe who had knocked out all his previous opponents before the end of three rounds.
"I do feel proud of my performance. I showed I belong on the world-class level. I've always been a good fighter. But I feel it is imperative I be given a rematch against Eyubov. I feel like this is unfinished business. I didn't lose because of a lack of skill. I had this stolen from me."
Mayfield says if Eyubov won't give him a rematch (he was non-committal post-fight), Showtime should have him back in a high-profile match-up.
"I deserve to be brought back. I've beaten some good guys. Eyubov is just one. I beat Mauricio Herrera. I beat Francisco Santana. I beat them and they got big opportunities. Give me a fair shake! I'll fight anybody if the paper is right."
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