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Travis Kauffman News
The two-time super middleweight champ remains undefeated with a sterling performance Saturday night on SHOWTIME.
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fight to split-decision draw in epic heavyweight showdown on Showtime PPV
Jarrett Hurd defends 154-pound titles with a fourth-round KO of James Welborn; Luis Ortiz registers a 10th-round TKO of Travis Kauffman and Joe Joyce remains undefeated with first-round KO of Joe Hanks.
Two hungry heavyweights from different paths throw down tomorrow on Showtime PPV in their quest to reach a similar goal.
Travis Kauffman Fights
LOSS vs Otto Wallin 20-1-0
Aug 15, 2020 • Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Otto Wallin WINS against Travis Kauffman by TKO in Round 5 of 10
LOSS vs Luis Ortiz 31-2-0
Dec 01, 2018 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Luis Ortiz WINS against Travis Kauffman by KO in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Scott Alexander 14-2-2
Jun 10, 2018 • Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California
Travis Kauffman WINS against Scott Alexander by MD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Amir Mansour 23-4-1
Mar 17, 2017 • Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
Travis Kauffman LOSES to Amir Mansour by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Josh Gormley 23-5-0
Sep 09, 2016 • Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Josh Gormley by TKO in Round 2 of 10
No Contest vs Chris Arreola 38-6-1
Dec 12, 2015 • AT&T Center, San Antonio
Chris Arreola Travis Kauffman by NC in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Epifanio Mendoza 41-21-1
Sep 18, 2015 • Claridge Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Epifanio Mendoza by KO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Richard Carmack 13-6-0
Aug 14, 2015 • Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Richard Carmack by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Vincent Thompson 13-1-0
Jan 25, 2014 • Sands Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Vincent Thompson by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Jason Barnett 14-14-0
Nov 30, 2013 • Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Jason Barnett by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Stacy Frazier 15-14-0
Sep 21, 2013 • Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Stacy Frazier by RTD in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Arron Lyons 12-12-1
Aug 23, 2013 • Valley Forge Casino and Resort, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Arron Lyons by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Willie Perryman 10-21-0
Feb 15, 2013 • Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Willie Perryman by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Charles Davis 19-22-3
Aug 11, 2012 • Gameface Sports Complex, Temple, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Charles Davis by UD in Round 7 of 8
Win vs Sean Williams 8-15-1
Aug 20, 2011 • Field House, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Sean Williams by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Ross Thompson 27-14-3
Dec 17, 2010 • Doubletree Hotel/Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Ross Thompson by DQ in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Chris Koval 24-6-0
May 22, 2010 • Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Chris Koval by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Mike Miller 6-15-2
Feb 27, 2010 • The Roadway Inn, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Mike Miller by UD in Round 6 of 6
LOSS vs Tony Grano 15-1-1
Sep 18, 2009 • Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
Tony Grano WINS against Travis Kauffman by KO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs William Shahan 7-1-0
Aug 07, 2009 • Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against William Shahan by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Livin Castillo 15-7-0
May 30, 2009 • Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Livin Castillo by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Cliff Couser 26-18-2
Feb 07, 2009 • Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Cliff Couser by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Ken Murphy 19-23-2
Jan 16, 2009 • Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Ken Murphy by KO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Malachy Farrell 16-1-0
Dec 05, 2008 • Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Malachy Farrell by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Josh Gutcher 18-9-0
Sep 13, 2008 • Riveredge Hotel, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Josh Gutcher by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Travis Fulton 14-20-0
Jul 19, 2008 • Civic Arena, Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Travis Fulton by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Octavius Smith 4-5-0
Jun 26, 2008 • Main Street Armory, Rochester, New York, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Octavius Smith by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Dan Whetzel 8-9-1
Apr 19, 2007 • Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Dan Whetzel by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Kevin Hood 4-5-0
Mar 30, 2007 • Phoenixville High School, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Kevin Hood by KO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Joe Stofle 10-9-2
Mar 10, 2007 • The Riveredge Hotel, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Joe Stofle by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Allen Prescott 2-1-0
Sep 09, 2006 • Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Allen Prescott by KO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs James McCloskey 2-2-2
Aug 12, 2006 • Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against James McCloskey by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs David Cleage 3-9-1
May 12, 2006 • Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against David Cleage by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Mike Miller 2-2-0
Mar 31, 2006 • Lancaster Resort & Conf. Cent., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Mike Miller by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Robert Bell 2-1-0
Mar 18, 2006 • Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Robert Bell by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Benny Bland 0-4-0
Feb 17, 2006 • Riveredge Restaurant, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Benny Bland by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Jerome Boyer 0-1-0
Jan 26, 2006 • Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, USA
Travis Kauffman WINS against Jerome Boyer by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Travis Kauffman Bio
Long-time heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman has overcome a multitude of obstacles and remains a formidable threat to any top big man.
‘I Want Payback’
Travis Kauffman hated boxing as a youngster because it displaced time with his father, Marshall.
“I was a single father with my own gym the first time I took an eight-year-old Travis to the gym. There’s a picture of him wearing a Shaquille O'Neal shirt at the gym,” said Marshall Kauffman. “Travis had a couple of exhibition fights, but then, he stopped boxing altogether. His reasoning was he hated boxing because it took his Dad away from him.”
But that changed when a 14-year-old Travis sought revenge on another boy.
“Travis had gotten jumped by some kids in high school. One of them was entering the Golden Gloves. Travis said, ‘Dad, I wanna enter the Golden Gloves,’” said Marshall Kauffman.
“He said ‘I want revenge on that kid. I want payback.’ So he entered the Golden Gloves, beat that kid, and the rest is history.”
The 6-foot-3 Kauffman compiled an amateur record of 52-12 as a super heavyweight, capturing the Police Athletic League (PAL) Nationals in 2004.
Kauffman had a tremendous 2005, earning a No. 1 national ranking for winning the U.S. A. Championships as well as the Jose Tito Aponte Tournament in Puerto Rico and a gold medal at the USA versus Azerbaijan Tournament, defeating an Olympic bronze medal winner in the latter.
“My Time” was 7-0 (5 KOs) over his initial pro fights of 2006. His first three bouts ended in stoppages in the second, first and first rounds over Jerome Boyer (January), Benny Bland (February) and Robert Bell (March) followed by a four-round unanimous decision over Mike Miller that was separated by 13 days from his triumph over Bell.
There was also a six-round unanimous decision over David Cleage (May) preceding first- and second-round knockouts of James McCloskey (August) and Allen Prescott (September).
Kauffman combined to go 7-0 (6 KOs) over the course of 2007 and 2008, the former comprising an eight-round unanimous decision over Dan Whetzel (April) which followed third- and second-round knockouts of Joe Stofle and Kevin Hood in March that were separated by 20 days.
The next year began with a 45-second TKO of Octavius Smith (June) followed by second-, first- and third-round stoppages of Travis Fulton (July), Josh Gutcher (September) and Malachy Farrell (December).
Kauffman rolled into 2009 with first-round KOs of Cliff Couser (February) and William Shahan (August) as well as those in the second and third rounds over Ken Murphy (January) and Levin Castillo (May).
But at 18-0 (15 KOs), Kauffman’s run ended at eight consecutive stoppages in September 2009 via fourth-round knockout against Tony Grano, who rose to 16-1-1 (13 KOs).
Kauffman won thrice more in 2010 comprising a six-round unanimous decision over Mike Miller (February), a second-round TKO of Chris Koval (May) and a disqualification victory over Ross Thompson (December).
There was one victory each in 2011 and 2012 -- both in August of those years -- over Sean Williams (first-round TKO) and Charles Davis, the latter being a rain-shortened seven-round decision.
Kauffman notched four wins in 2013 with a first-round knockout of Jason Barnett (November) joining second-round stoppages of Willie Perryman (February) and Stacy Frazier (September) as well as an eight-round unanimous decision over Arron Lyons (August).
A one-fight 2014 produced Kauffman’s first 10-round victory, a near-shutout unanimous decision over southpaw Vincent Thompson, who entered at 13-2 (2 KOs).
Kauffman’s 2015 began with first- and second-round knockouts of Richard Carmack (August) and Epifanio Mendoza (September) only to end with December’s loss turned no-decision against former title challenger Chris Arreola.
Entering at 36-4-1 (31 KOs), Arreola was originally awarded a split decision before the result was changed to a no decision for his failed post-fight drug test.
“That fight [Arreola] changed my life financially—it was the most money I ever made in my career,” said Kauffman, who rebounded in September 2016 with a second-round TKO of Josh Gormley. “But it also hurt me because had the judges given the right decision, I would’ve [gotten] bigger opportunities. But real fighters bounce back.”
Kauffman is 1-2 in his last three fights comprising a majority decision loss to left-handed Amir Mansour (March 2017) and, in 2018, a majority decision over late replacement Scott Alexander (June) followed by a courageous three-knockdown, 10th-round stoppage loss to Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz (December), a former title challenger who rose to 30-1 (26 KOs).
“I was at a point in my life when we got the call [to fight Ortiz], where I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my career. I’m a single father... so fighting once a year for me wasn’t cutting it,” said Kauffman, who swapped first-round knockdowns with Alexander, who entered at 14-2-2 (8 KOs).
“I was at the point of walking away if a big opportunity didn’t come up. I got on my hands and knees, wept and asked God if he no longer wanted me to fight, and if so, to just show me another way to provide for my kids...I promise you the very next day, my phone rang to fight Ortiz.”
In March 2020, Kauffman contracted COVID-19. “It was very scary,” Kauffman told Ringtv.com. “I kind of figured that I had it. I was out recently a few weeks ago in a social place, and someone there had it. Last week, I got a sore throat, I started feeling achy. My temperature was over 100. But once you’re told you have it, that’s when it becomes real.
Ever the fighter, Kauffman made a full recovery, returning to the gym almost immediately. He'll end a 20-month ring absence on August 15 against 6-foot-5 ½ Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin (20-1, 13 KOs), who is coming off September’s unanimous decision loss to 6-foot-9 linear champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs).
A Fond Farewell
On Saturday, August 15, Kauffman took on smooth southpaw Otto Wallin of Sweden in a 10-round battle on PBC on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Kauffman hoped to get back on track but it wasn't to be. Wallin recorded a TKO at 2:32 of the fifth round when Kauffman, who re-tore his left labrum at the start of the fifth, was unable to lift his arm. Referee Michael Ortega signaled the end of the fight.
Afterward, Kauffman announced he was retiring from boxing, just days ahead of his 35th birthday.
“I tore my left labrum getting ready for the [Luis] Ortiz fight,” Kauffman said. “Like a dummy, I waited five months to have surgery on it after the Ortiz fight [December of 2018]. I started feeling better and was going to do a tune-up fight in March, but then COVID happened. This opportunity came up and I didn’t want to pass it up and I felt good. In the first round I hurt it. I felt it, but then it went away and I thought maybe it’s just my mind and it went away. Then in the fifth round I heard it and that was it. It was torn again.
“I’m done. I’m retiring. I have kids. I’ve been doing this a long time,” Kauffman said.