Battle in the Ballroom

Event has passed (Sat Apr 7, 2018 - Sat Apr 7, 2018)
The Fairmont San Francisco
Doors open at 5pm, first fight at 6pm
$80 - $250
Sports / Fitness


Whether as a boxer or promoter, longtime contender Karim Mayfield always brings excitement on fight night, and the San Francisco native will keep that tradition going in his hometown on Saturday, April 7, with Battle in the Ballroom at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel.

Presented by Mayfield’s Hard Hitta Promotions, in association with Humboldt Boxing Promotions, this event will be the first boxing show ever held at the historic five-star Fairmont, and to celebrate, fight fans will be treated to an action-packed six-fight card headlined by an eight-round welterweight showdown between Mayfield and Gaku Takahashi.

Tickets for Battle in the Ballroom, priced at $80.00, $100.00 and $250.00, are available by ordering online at

Doors open at 6pm and the first bell rings at 7pm.

A veteran of a dozen years in the pro game, Karim Mayfield (20-4-1, 11 KOs) is a proud native of San Francisco who has represented his city well on the international boxing scene despite starting late in the sport at the age of 20. But he has made up for lost time by winning the NABO junior welterweight title and beating some of the best fighters in his division, including Steve Forbes, Mauricio Herrera and Raymond Serrano. Fresh from an October win over previously unbeaten Miguel Dumas, the 37-year-old will now face off with Gaku Takahashi. A native of Hokkaido, Japan who now makes his home in Los Angeles, Takahashi (15-8-1, 7 KOs) is a gritty southpaw who always comes to fight, and he knows that a win over Mayfield would be a career-altering victory for him.

One of San Francisco’s top prospects, Willie Shaw Jr. (5-0, 4 KOs) has been living up to his nickname “The Thrill” since turning pro in 2017, and after a rookie year in which he went unbeaten and scored four knockouts, the 25-year-old will kick off year two in a six-round junior welterweight bout against an opponent to be named.

In lightweight action scheduled for four rounds, San Fran’s own Lennard David (1-1-3) takes on Tulare’s David Cruz Rivera (0-2).

Middleweight veterans Ricardo Pinnel (15-3-1, 8 KOs) and Enrique Gallegos (7-6-1) also get the call, as San Francisco’s Pinnel defends his home turf in a six-rounder against Medford, Oregon’s Gallegos.

Another local battler, Topie Pedro, will make her pro debut in a four-round junior featherweight bout against Novato’s Marquita Lee, and in the four-round cruiserweight opener, hometown favorite Roberto Andres Salas (1-0) fights for the second time against Ignacio Zambrano.

For more information on Hard Hitta Promotions and to purchase tickets online, visit


  1. The Fairmont San Francisco 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA