Boxing Report - Travis Kauffman Defeats Charles Davis Saturday
Boxing Report - Travis Kauffman Defeats Charles Davis Saturday
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 13, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Jeff Jullian)
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Travis Kauffman
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 Marshall Kauffman.

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.  

Kauffman needed 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.

In 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.

In the 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 Ellis.

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.  

Esteban 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 .

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