The typical model for athletic excellence calls for an early commitment to his sport of choice. For boxers that means engaging in amateur fights before turning 10, fighting dozens (if not hundreds) of bouts, then turning pro in their late teens or early 20s.
Junior welterweights Karim Mayfield and Mauricio Herrera took the road less traveled, for both turned professional in their mid- to late-20s yet advanced to the point where they've succeeded in challenging fights against opponents with deeper backgrounds. On Saturday they face each other in their first HBO-televised fight and the question of who will prevail is an intriguing one. The answer to that query may be found in their CompuBox histories, which revealed the following: