Travis Kauffman | A Whiter Shade of PaleWritten by Bernard Campbell
Travis Kauffman, a heavyweight hopeful from Reading, PA, is an enigma.
The fighter, whose moniker is the "Great White Hope" dealt with serious adversity as a young man.
His first amateur bout came at the age of 15, with the guidance and encouragement of his father, Marshall, who was a pro fighter himself.
As a teen, Travis was troubled and often made trips to the local juvenile detention center in his hometown. But while young and going through personal problems, his boxing career was beginning to bloom.
Kauffman became a decorated amateur, fighting in the semi-finals of the National Golden Gloves. He won the Silver Medal at the US Nationals and competed a great deal internationally.
At one point, the fast-handed Kauffman was ranked the No.1 amateur in the U.S. in his weight class.
Travis finished with an impressive overall amateur record of 52-12.
In March 2004, two years before Travis turned pro, Travis was arrested on three occasions for marijuana possession with the intent to sell. And in January 2005, he was charged with statutory rape which was allegedly "dismissed for lack of evidence" a couple of years later.
During the rape proceedings, Kauffman was 10-0 as a professional with a world of opportunity awaiting. But unfortunately, despite his acquittal, the ordeal seemingly negatively impacted his boxing journey. Perhaps depressed, the 6'3" fighter, who normally weighed between 220 and 240lbs, blew up to 310 lbs.
Travis has also been plagued by two hand injuries which were addressed by surgery.
After recovering, Kauffman trimmed back down to 240lbs and fought for the first time in a year, shutting-out Charles Davis (19-22-3) on August 11th.
By his own admission, Kauffman is a boxer/counter-puncher who likens himself to a white James Toney. Although he doesn't possess devastating power, he's a straight-up fighter who has excellent footwork and can fight effectively in a southpaw and orthodox stance.
Kauffman is 23-1 with 17 knockouts and wants to be heavyweight champion of the world.
So stands the enigma of Travis Kauffman, the "Great White Hope!"
Since turning pro, the level of opposition he's faced has been relatively weak. The names read... Livin Castillo, Cliff Causer, Chris Kovbal and Tony Gano whom he was KO'd by.
At 27, Kauffman should start stepping up the caliber of his opposition. How about fights with Robert Hawkins, David Tua or Julius Long?
It's time to see what's in Mr. Kauffman's tank.
Additional Travis Kauffman Facts
- He won the national Police Athletic League tournament in 2004 and was subsequently listed as the #1 ranked amateur super heavyweight.
- Won a Gold Medal at the Police Athletic League Nationals among others scoring an :18 knockout against Nagy Aguilera
- Kauffman made his pro debut in 2006 at the age of 20
- Made his national TV debut with a third round knockout of once-beaten Malachy Farrell on ShoBox: The Next Generation in 2008
- Tony Grano, the only fighter to have defeaed Kauffman, repeatly refused to agree to a rematch
- Travis has a 71% knockouts-to-fights ratio
Video: A speedy Travis Kauffman, of Reading, PA, doing some light padwork with father/trainer Marshall Kauffman
Bernie Campbell is a graduate of Wagner College and has been writing about the fight game for the past several years.
He resides in New York City in which he brings to life his 50 plus years of experience in reporting and observing about the "hard knocks" of the world of pugilism!
Bernie has had a renaissance man-like existence of being a porter, pizza driver, data technician, mailman, and social worker. He tries to see through the smoke screens of professional boxing, and he prefers to “tell it like it is!”
Bernie does freelance reporting for the Boxing Newspaper publication, USA Boxing News!