Former world-rated Karim Mayfield posted devastating family news this week after losing his brother in the Oakland area following an incident with the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department (BART).
The 37 year-old, clearly distraught, relayed information that younger sibling Shaleem Tindle, 28, was killed on Wednesday.
“My Heart is aching right now, my little brother Shaleem was just murdered by Bart police in West Oakland yesterday,” said Mayfield on Thursday.
He then added: “My Heart Is broken, I lost my little brother Shaleem last night. Please don’t ask me (if) I’m OK because I’m obviously not.”
On his Instagram account, Mayfield paid tribute to Tindle: “My Earth was shaken before the earthquake last night. Rest in Paradise lil’ bra.”
According to Police, Tindle was shot near West Oakland station when he refused to co-operate whilst in possession of a gun.
Witnesses say Tindle had been arguing with a man and been involved in a scuffle before shooting him in the leg. Police also say a gun was found at the scene.
Fighter Mayfield last fought in October when scoring a six-round decision victory over previously undefeated Miguel Dumas and holds solid career wins over the likes of Mauricio Herrera and ex-world champion Steve Forbes.
As recently at 2015, when Floyd Mayweather was contemplating opponents for his ‘final fight’ before retiring on 49-0, Mayfield was mentioned alongside Andre Berto as a frontrunner.
Eventually, Berto was chosen to face Mayweather in September, going down to a one-sided points reverse which turned out to be the pound for pound king’s penultimate bout.
Mayweather returned against Conor McGregor last year, whilst Mayfield is still searching for that one victory which could propel him once again into world title contention.
Following the Mayweather disappointment, Mayfield suffered damaging defeats to Bakhtiyar Eyubov and Dmitry Mikhaylenko and holds a record of 20-4-1.