Kauffman and DeAlba Score KO’s in Reading Saturday
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Kauffman and DeAlba Score KO’s in Reading Saturday
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 2, 2013)

Travis Kaufmann
Photo © Jeff Julian
Heavyweight Travis Kauffman, 27-1 (20), of Reading, PA, ended the show coming out southpaw and dropping Jason “Half Man Half Amazing” Barnett, 14-15 (7), of Clearwater, FL, 3 times with vicious right hooks to the ribs, cracking one, as referee Gary Rosato called a halt at 2:09 of the first round.

This earned Kauffman the WBA’s No. 10 contender the WBU Inter-Continental heavyweight title. The crowd was disappointed with Barnett’s showing but were not aware of the damage Kauffman did. In Kauffman’s corner was his father Marshall whose King Promotions promoted the event. Also working the corner were former IBF cruiser champ Al “Ice” Cole and Nazim Richardson. The latter is the trainer of former two-time cruiser champ Steve “USS” Cunningham who was in attendance with his lovely wife/manager Livvy Cunningham.

In the fight of the night Reading’s southpaw Frank Santos DeAlba, 10-1-2 (4), and Atlantic City’s Osnel Charles, 9-8-1 (1), had the crowd yelling throughout in this 6 round lightweight fight. DeAlba came out using an effective jab and left uppercut. Charles came on in the last minute to lose a close round. In the second round a hard right hook by DeAlba dropped Charles. Upon rising DeAlba went right after him and had him almost down a second time before the bell sounded!

In the third another hard right hook dropped Charles to a knee. He got up showing the heart of a lion in fighting back until a straight lead left rocked Charles again. In the fourth a right hook by DeAlba dropped Charles for the third time in the fight. Somehow he managed to get up as DeAlba drove Charles to DeAlba’s corner and let loose with a barrage of head shot’s before referee Shawn Clark wisely called a halt at 0:57 of the round. The corner of Charles had a towel ready just before the stoppage.

In another 6 rounder Lancaster, PA, welterweight Evincil “Prize Fighter” Dixon, 3-3 (1), won a split decision over Rafael “Yaco” Montalvo, 3-5 (3), of St. Clair, PA, in a real crowd pleaser. A knockdown scored by Dixon in the third round proved to be the difference. Dixon used an effective jab and Montalvo would get inside with combinations. Both boxers were busy throughout. Judge Bernard Bruni had it 60-55 for Montalvo while judge Mike Somma had it 58-55 and Dave Greer 57-56 as did DHB for the winner Dixon. The referee was Rosato.

Lightweight Travis “The Animal” Thompson, 4-12-1 (3), of Pottstown, PA, and Allentown’s Emil Rodriguez, 0-3-1, battled to a draw after 4 rounds. Thompson kept coming forward and Rodriguez countered. In the third the fight turned into a brawl. Going into the last round Rodriguez seemed ahead as Thompson had his best round landing a left hook to the chin of Rodriguez driving him into the ropes just prior to the bell. Somma had it 39-37 as did DHB for Rodriguez but Bruni and Greer scored it even at 38-38 for a majority draw. The fans didn’t seem pleased with the decision but neither fighter deserved to lose. Referee was Clark.

In the opening bout southpaw heavyweight Randy Eason, 1-2-1, of Williamsport, PA, earned his first win as he pounded William Monroe, 0-2, of Baltimore, MD, until referee Clark put a stop to it at 0:43 of the first round.

The always popular Philadelphia southpaw light heavyweight Khalib “Big Foot” Whitmore, 4-0 (3), scored his third straight knockout at 2:34 of the first round over Mark Baltimore, 1-3 (1), of Raleigh, NC. Whitmore had his opponent hurt on the ropes. As Baltimore tried to get away Whitmore followed him and landed heavy artillery to the head before referee Rosato wisely stopped it.

Whitmore enters the ring with a large Afro, sun glasses and a gold chain to the delight of the crowd. Nazim Richardson worked his corner. Whitmore was an outstanding amateur for Richardson’s “Concrete Jungle” out of the Shuler Gym in West Philly.

This was the first show at the now Santander Arena formerly the Sovereign Bank now the Santander Bank in Reading, PA. It was a good turnout considering there were bouts that fell through with two of them title bouts. Ring announcer Larry Tornambe introduced local fighter Keenan Collins whose opponent fell out and Eric “Outlaw” Hunter who suffered an injury in training. With Hunter were fellow stablemates Tevin “American Idol” Farmer and unbeaten Miguel Cartagena all with Rocco’s Collision’s Mark Cipparone. The show can be seen on www.GoFightLive.com On Demand.

Ken Hissner responds to all his emails at: kenhissner@gmail.com

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