A true warrior at heavyweight
Previous generations that displayed excitement, or rather ‘tenacity’ in the division of pugilistic giants, the excitable boxers in the heavyweight division are a real rarity to those who’ve been around the sport in their glory days. Fans of new, don’t have the privilege of seeing a live version of ‘Holyfield-Bowe’, or ‘Ali – Frazier’ through any program. Then again.. Those who know about Travis ‘My Time’ Kauffman might disagree.
The 6’3 ‘big man’ from Reading, Pennsylvania has a history of delivering the some of the craziest and sufficient heavyweight bouts of this modern era. Chris Arreola and Amir Mansour are two of the more notable epic battles embarked in the square circle, with the Mansour fight being a ‘Fight of the year’ candidate. What we capitalize today, is what Kauffman delivered in his recent victory over Scott Alexander, after a 15 month layoff from the ring.
Kauffman was prepared to be facing a different opponent on June 10th, but a rumored failed drug test by former champion Antonio Tarver had altered the the main event and let alone, game plan for Kauffman. Alexander; coming off a victory over Pedro Rodriquez in March, was ready to give Kauffman a fight of pure willpower.
Both men hit the canvas early in the fight. Kauffman with a big right hand in the first 2:00 of the first round flooring Alexander, who yet, shortly after returned to send Kauffman to the canvas with a sinister left hook.
These moments set up the hard war for the hungriest boxer to emerge at the final bell. In the end Kauffman prevailed by majority decision and pushed his record to 32-2 with 23KO’s. A classic worth watching for sure.
Travis ‘My Time Kauffman now will aim his sights toward bigger opposition. Talks of Tyson Fury are up in the air, as both boxers need to face the best opposition possible.
By: Chris Mealey