By Ken Hissner and David Ruff at ringside for Doghouse Boxing.
Reading’s Travis Kauffman, 23-1 (17), won his 5th straight since
suffering his only loss back in 2009 decisioning southpaw Charles Davis,
19-23-3 (4), of Tucson, AZ, over 7 rounds with the final round cut
short due to rain. In an outdoor show at Gameface Sports Complex, in
Pricetown, PA, outside of Reading, PA, on a King’s Promotions pro-am
show the fans seemed pleased to see their local favorite return after
almost a year’s absence due to several injuries. Matchmaker was
Kauffman showed his boxing skills switching to
southpaw and back to orthodox starting in the first round and
throughout the 7 rounds, winning all on the scorecards of John
Gradowski, John Castellani and James Condon by scores of 70-63. PA
Boxing Director Greg Sirb called a halt due to weather conditions mainly
a slippery ring. Gary Rosato was the referee.
the work and testing his hand that was operated on twice since his last
fight and Davis was the perfect opponent. Although taking quite a bit
of punishment, Davis stayed on his feet during the fight. In the 4th
round Kauffman was warned by Rosato about a low blow after both fighters
had words. Before Rosato could warn Kauffman a punch was thrown on
target and down went Davis. Rosato wisely ruled it not a knockdown due
to low blow prior to the punch.
Davis got his licks in on
occasions like the 2nd round when he landed a 3-punch combination that
had no effect on Kauffman. It may have been nothing more than a
“glorified sparring session” to most but it got Kauffman back in the win
column. He has stepped in with some top boxers in camp and will need
to step up his competition in after a fight or two. He certainly has
skills and boxing ability. He weighed in at 240, the second highest of
his career since his last fight. He seems at his best in the low 220’s.
what looked like to be an interesting 6 round junior lightweight
match-up Reading southpaw Frank DeAlba, 4-1-2 (2) scored a stoppage in
the 2nd round at 2:37 over Philadelphia’s Paul Fernandez, 5-6-2 (3),
when referee Rosato called a halt. In the 1st round a right hook from
DeAlba dropped Fernandez to a knee. He came back by the end of the
round landing straight rights to the midsection of DeAlba.
2nd round DeAlba dropped Fernandez again flat on his back. As Rosato
got the count up to 8 Fernandez suddenly got to his feet. At this point
the fight was all but over. A flurry had Fernandez in a neutral corner
covering up when Rosato waved it off. “I knew when he would go to the
body with his right I would catch him with my right hook,” said
DeAlba. Fernandez’s father and assistant trainer said, “he was hurt and
the fight was stopped properly.”
Puerto Rico’s Sammy Omar
Quinones, Jr., 0-1 (0), out of York, PA, was put on the defense by
Philadelphia’s Ramone Ellis, 3-7-1 (2), immediately in this 4 round
junior welterweight match-up. He weathered the storm and was back in
the fight with some overhand rights to the head of Ellis. Just prior to
the bell a short right hand dropped Quinones in the corner of Ellis to
the shock of the fans. As he started to get up, referee Rosato called a
halt officially at 3:00 of the 2nd round.
Ellis had lost his
first 6 fights before winning and since is 3-1-2. This writer met up
with some Quinones fans making the trip from York prior to the fight at a
local restaurant. I advised them “I hope Quinones can fight” knowing
Ellis was tough and on a roll. Veteran trainer Rev. Thompson handles
Reading’s Jeremy Stauffer, 7-2-1 (6), returned to the ring
after over 5 years to win a 4 round decision over Dan “Demon” Shull,
4-16-1 (1), of Winchester, VA. The southpaw Stauffer couldn’t have been
matched with a better opponent to his style. He would walk Shull down
to the ropes and occasionally get hit with an overhand right and shake
it off. Rosato was the referee.
Stauffer may not have used his
jab as much as his trainer Marshall Kauffman liked, but he landed solid
shots hurting Shull who weathered the storm. Castellani and Condon had
it 40-36, as did DHB while Gradowski had it 39-37 all for Stauffer.
Rodriguez, 6-2 (1), now fighting out of Reading, survived a cut on the
outside of his left eye brow in the 1st round to capture a decision over
Cassius Clay, 0-6 (0), of Las Vegas, NV, over 4 rounds in the
lightweight division. After taking the next 2 rounds Rodriguez found
himself in a war with Clay in the 4th round to the delight of the
fans. Castellani and Condon had it 40-36 while Gradowski had it 39-37,
as did DHB for Rodriguez. Rosato was the referee.
The show was
following a 7 bout amateur show. The last 4 bouts were very competitive
and close. Nigel Rogers, Pocono, defeated Akheem Norse, Allentwon at
178. Bill Marks, Allentown won over John Williams, Reading,
201+. Vince Dixon defeated Pat Kehoe, Reading and Females Catarlina
“Cat” Lentini, Allentown defeated southpaw Casey Barnett in a bout that
could have gone either way at 140.
Harold Lopez, Lancaster, Maurice Morales, Reading, and Luis Morales, Harrisburg were earlier winners in age 16 and under bouts