Preacher's son Mayfield gets decision, cruiserweight title

November 09, 1997|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

LAS VEGAS -- Inamu Mayfield, the son of a preacher and a veteran of only 18 pro bouts, won the International Boxing Federation cruiserweight title last night in a unanimous decision over champion Uriah Grant at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Mayfield (17-1) scored the only knockdown in the 12-round bout with a left hook in the fifth round. Grant (26-13) rose on shaky legs but survived the round.

"It was destiny," said Mayfield, who earned $20,000. Grant got $60,000 in his first title defense.

"My left hook is very strong. I knew he would go down when I hit him square."

Mayfield, 25, a native of Freehold, N.J., had dedicated the fight to his late trainer, Curtis Ford, who died after suffering an aneurysm.

Mayfield used a stinging jab to keep Grant off balance. Grant, 35, and the grandfather of three, appeared to rally but it wasn't close.

Bill Graham voted 117-110, Gary Merritt 116-111, and Duane Ford 115-112.

Gary Ballard (18-1), of Washington, stopped Tiwon Taylor (20-4-1), of Las Vegas, in the third round of their scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout.

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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