"Honestly, I thought he was gonna stop Paulie Malignaggi because I helped Paulie get ready for that fight, and with that being said, I got the usual of what happens to me. I got sent home early," stated undefeated jr. welterweight contender Karim Mayfield, who was unimpressed with the performance of newly crowned WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner in his title winning victory over former champion Paulie Malignaggi. Mayfield was one of Malignaggi's sparring partners in preparation for that bout, but according to him, he was sent home early after giving Malignaggi too much work.
"I was only in there for 2 weeks and dude was talking about he was peaking. I'm like, 'Bruh, you a month out.' That was that work I was giving him. So they sent me home early. Paulie is a cool fighter, but if I wanted to push the gas on him, I could have pushed the gas on him," Mayfield explained in a recent conversation with FightHype's own Percy Crawford, stressing that he wasn't even going 100% in the sparring sessions. "I didn't even give him full gas and I still got sent home. So with that being said, I thought Broner was going to stop him because I know I didn't give him full gas and I knew Broner would be going hard, and the dude won a split decision; man, that's crazy."
As far as Broner is concerned, after comparing his performance against Malignaggi to what he was able to do in sparring, Mayfield is confident that he'll have no problems with Da Problem. "I saw all I had to see from him and recognize it. That would be a good fight for me right now. Of course I want Danny Garcia, but the kid got his track shoes on; he ain't looking towards this way. He might not be looking towards the Argentinian way [Lucas Matthysse] and I will definitely give it to him too. Everybody running from him. I ain't running. I'm gonna tell you that right now. If I'm running, I'm rushing to fight them, ya dig," Mayfield added.
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