It would be nice if Karim Mayfield were the headliner Friday on the boxing card being staged at Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco.
But in boxing, that would make too much sense. San Franciscan Mayfield is instead the headliner on ESPN’s Friday night telecast. Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 knockouts), who suffered his first professional defeat in March to the taller junior welterweight Thomas Dulorme, fights Emanuel Taylor (17-2, 12 knockouts), who’s coming off a loss to Chris Algieri.
Oddly, Mayfield and Taylor, each of whom stopped Raymond Serrano within the past couple of years, are fighting in Huntington, N.Y., the hometown of Algieri, whose upset of Ruslan Provodnikov last month has gained him a November 22 date with Manny Pacquiao in Macau.
Although the ESPN2 card’s 5 p.m. (PDT) start makes it theoretically possible to watch the Mayfield fight before attending the San Francisco event, Mayfield’s bout may well last until nearly 8 p.m. And good luck trying to get through the local event without hearing how Mayfield fared.
The Longshoremen’s Hall event is highly reminiscent of the February 2011 card staged there, seeing as how that event’s headliner, Filipino lightweight Mercito Gesta (27-1-1, 15 knockouts), is the headliner here again Friday. The 2011 event was staged the night before Nonito Donaire’s knockout of Fernando Montiel in Las Vegas.
Gesta, then unbeaten, suffered a boxing-lesson loss to Miguel Vazquez in 2012, which quieted a lot of the second-coming-of-Pacquiao talk previously surrounding Gesta.
His opponent Friday is Luis Arceo, whose record (28-12-4, 19 knockouts) indicates it should be clear sailing for Gesta along Fisherman’s Wharf. The 10-round bout will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes’ Golden Boy Live.
San Francisco junior welterweight Jonathan “El Carismatico” Chicas (13-1, 6 knockouts) takes on Emanuel Robles (10-0-1, 3 knockouts) in the eight-round co-main event, and 7-foot Chinese heavyweight Taishan Dong makes his pro debut against Alex Rozman in a four-rounder.
It’s a very charming venue. Think about attending. Tickets, priced at $150, $85, $65 and $55, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now and available for purchase by visiting www.pacopresentsboxing.com, Undisputed Boxing Gym (650) 342-7408 and B Street Boxing Gym (650) 342-7408.