Professional boxer Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield is Bay Area to the core. You can hear it in the way he talks, you can see it in the way he walks, and The Bay is most definitely in the way he fights. “I was born and raised in the Western Addition known as the Fillmore [District]. What we call the Moe. It is known as a historically Black community, and I pretty much came up there all my adolescent years, and today, I'm still there doing what I can do for the youngsters,” he told Weedmaps during a recent phone interview.
Mayfield has a record of 21 Wins (11 knockouts, 10 decisions), 5 Losses (0 knockouts, 5 decisions). He's the 2006 Golden Gloves champion, a former NABO junior welterweight champion, and emphasizes that he has never been beaten, battered, or bruised. His hardest opponent ever? Himself. “Not to sound all cocky, my hardest opponent was myself, to be honest. I can tell you I fought a guy named Thomas Delorme, that was a little more difficult than others. No excuse, but it wasn't the full me in there.”
Currently, Mayfield is inactive as a professional boxer, but is training for a comeback and wants Danny Garcia to stop running. “I've been chasing this guy for a long time. I've got a documentary on WorldStar called Run Danny. They are still ducking me to this day. People will say I want a big pay day, but I'm so passionate, I'll fight him for the low.”
Past boxing, Mayfield's passions extend to community restoration and social equity in California cannabis. “It's very important, very essential for me to give back to where I came from. I got everything from there.” For several years, he's had a boxing program in San Francisco named SOULCHAMP, aimed at giving kids with tough circumstances a more positive outlook. It provides a full body boxing routine, meditation, and life skills to help navigate through the difficulties of growing up in lower income neighborhoods that are more dangerous than the San Francisco we've seen on Full House. “Mental health is definitely a serious issue in these times.”
In the last year, the former welterweight champ has expanded into cannabis business ownership. Hard Hitta is now the Chief Executive Officer and owner — in partnership with the Shryne Group — of Authentic 415 in San Francisco. Like with SOULCHAMP, Taylor's mission with Authentic 415 is all about giving back to the authentic San Francisco community. “Before gentrification came and moved a lot of our folks in the Bay Area, the city wasn't that expensive at all. How we're going to keep it authentic is we're going to keep those price points down. We certainly look to be true to the culture and have accessible price points. We're hiring people from the neighborhood and area.”
Karim Mayfield's favorite weed
In addition to selling cannabis, Mayfield also loves to use cannabis, though never when he's fighting, as THC violates the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA)'s rules, but CBD is allowed. On its benefits, he told us, “I think the benefits [are] it won't solve your problems, but at the time you feel like things are okay. When I consume cannabis, if I do have a problem, my mind fades out and finds out a way to help that problem. I can think a little deeper at times. It also makes movies funnier.”
Here are four weed products Karim Mayfield can't live without.
Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm
Mayfield isn't a big smoker at all. Instead, he's more of a CBD user. He loves topicals, and the one that he chooses above everything else is the well-known, highly-requested, Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm. “Anytime I had a fight coming up, I would stay away from any type of psychoactive, and just make sure I was on CBD only. No edibles, no smoke, no anything.”
Papa & Barkley's Releaf Balm is a great hemp-derived topical marketed for post-workout soreness, cramps, stretching, and muscle aches.
STIIIZY vape pens
In the very rare times that Mayfield does use cannabis recreationally, he prefers STIIIZY's vape pens to flower and dabs. “I like the resin ones because they taste good, they're super incognito; they're just lowkey.”
STIIIZY's pens and pods are known all throughout California. Mayfield loves the flavors, and price points. Currently, its website lists over 21 strains in half and full gram pods.
STIIIZY also grows flower under a brand called LIIIT. Mayfield loves their Circa strain. Circa is a sativa, which Mayfield loves for creativity.
Every now and then Mayfield may smoke a little tree. He's not a connoisseur by any means, but he knows what tastes and feels good. In addition to STIIIZY's Circa, some of his favorite strains have been Gary Payton and Cake Mix from Cookies.
Ball Family Farms
“Ball Family Farms definitely has some good products.”
Ball Family Farms is a Black-owned-and-operate cannabis company in California. They specialize in high quality-flower, namely their famous Daniel LaRusso strain.
Daniel LaRusso is a potent hybrid with spicy and minty aromas. It provides a satisfying high that's perfect for a day out.
Featured graphic by David Lozada.