The Return of Travis Kauffman

By Clarence George on August 13, 2015
The Return of Travis Kauffman
"I feel good. I am more excited for this fight on Friday than any of my previous bouts."

“From what I have seen of Richard Carmack, he can fight. Don’t be deceived by his appearance. He can fight…”

“The Return of the King”—J.R.R. Tolkien

Anyway, of Travis Kauffman.

The perhaps ironically nicknamed “My Time” hasn’t fought in 19 months, since January 2014, when he beat Vincent Thompson by unanimous decision for the interim WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title. But he’s returning to the ring this Friday, August 14, to face your favorite fat fighter and mine, Richard Carmack, for a scheduled eight rounds at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Fighting out of Reading, Pennsylvania, Kauffman, who turns 30 on August 21, is a nine-year pro (28-1, 20 KOs) whose only loss came at the hands of hard-hitting Tony Grano, who knocked Travis out in the fourth in September 2009.

“I am feeling good and honestly I am a little anxious,” says Kauffman, who was out of the ring due to a torn ACL. “I am more excited for this fight on Friday than any of my previous bouts. I have been training real hard. My knee feels good. I have the usual soreness that comes with training but nothing major.”

Back with Al Haymon, Kauffman is confident that “He will get me where I need to be.” Travis is looking forward to being matched against guys like Chris Arreola and Arthur Szpilka, and hopes soon to be among the top five. Szpilka, by the way, is fighting on the same card, taking on Yasmany Consuegra. Arreola most recently fought in July, drawing against Fred Kassi.

Carmack, who turns 27 the day of the bout, fights out of Kansas City, Missouri. A nine-year ring veteran, the aptly monikered “Silverback” (13-6, 11 KOs, 1 NC) most recently fought in April, knocking out hapless Alonzo Toney in the second. According to BoxRec, he was scheduled to fight on August 1, but his opponent is still listed as TBA. Carmack’s victory over Toney is his first since stopping Carl Davis by first-round TKO in November 2012, losing six in a row between May 2013 and November 2014.

In his most recent bout, Carmack weighed in at a massive 331 pounds. There’s plenty of him to hit…and knock out. Of his six losses, he’s been stopped four times. But he can give as good as he gets, 11 of his 13 wins coming by way of stoppage.

As Kauffman says, “From what I have seen of Carmack, he can fight. Don’t be deceived by his appearance. He can fight.” But while only a fool underestimates a fat man, this is obviously a tune-up for the Pennsylvania pugilist, who’s likely to put his obese opponent away no later than the third.

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