Travis “My Time” Kauffman: Hard work pays off
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
January 28, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Within the heavyweight division sits two fighters who are on a collision course of epic proportion. The highly skilled Travis “My Time” Kauffman (31-1, 23 KOs) will be taking on the hard-punching Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-2-1, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout, a bout that was previously scheduled to take place on the undercard of the Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) and Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) championship fight. After further discussion it appears that Premier Boxing Champions and King’s Promotions have decided to relocate the fight to Reading, PA to the delight of the many fans that plan to attend.
In fighting Mansour, Kauffman shared his thoughts on what he needs to do in order to become victorious on fight night. The Reading, PA native plans to show viewers watching the scheduled match at home and the many fans in attendance, that he’s the next best American-heavyweight contender deserving of a shot at the world title.
“I’m really excited about this fight. I want to give fans what they want and that’s a knockout. I grew up in the projects in Reading, PA. Reading is the highest city for poverty; it’s a small urban city. I’m proud of where I’m from.”
“As a person and as a fighter I like Mansour but he’s a forty five year old fighter and the clock is ticking. I just can’t go out there and beat him. He might have a bazooka but I won’t get caught without my knife.”
“Certain fighters wouldn’t take this type of fight but I am going to do what I need to do. I can’t go out there and just beat him. I need to make a statement. I know it’s not going to be easy but I am going to make it happen. All he has is power. I have more weapons in my arsenal.”
Kauffman and Mansour have known each other for years and are familiar with each other’s style. Both men have established their respective careers within the Pennsylvania area.
“I’ve beat many southpaws. I trained in that stance since fighting in my amateur career. I can box and I can fight, I can do it all, but for this fight I have to do something that’s never been done before and that’s never been done before and that’s knock him out cold.”
“No one else has knocked him out or truly stopped him; not Breazeale (Dominic); not Cunningham (Steve); and not Washington (Gerald). They’ve all beat him but none of them have knocked him out.”
“I’ve spent my New Years working hard and training. I missed spending time with my kids and my family on Christmas. I know Amir isn’t a walk in the park but unfortunately he’s going to have to pay for the time away from my family.”
Kauffman explained the importance of this fight and what it means for his career.
“I’m hoping to get a shot at Wilder after this fight,” Kauffman said.”
“I am the only person ever from Reading, PA to be ranked #1 in boxing within the amateur ranks and in the professional ranks.”
“All I know is that I’m not a champion and my goal is to become the number one heavyweight champion in the world. In order for me to reach my goal I need to get past Mansour. I’m not looking past Mansour but I’m looking through him.”
Kauffman is thankful that the fight has been relocated to his hometown. He wants it to be clear that the location of the fight was changed to give the fans the best viewership possible.
“I want to thank my father (Marshall Kauffman/Kings Promotions) because without him I’d be either dead or in jail. I know Mansour has an issue because it’s in my hometown and he feels he will get robbed but we both represent Pennsylvania. Yes, I’m signed with Al Haymon (Premier Boxing Champions), but he says that he’s going to knock me out so he won’t have to worry about the judges’ decision.”
“I plan to be in the best shape possible and ready for whatever he brings. I have the best trainer in Brother Naazim. I’ve been working with him for years. He is a Hall of Fame trainer and a positive person who always pushing me to the limit. I don’t need anyone pampering me. He is honest and always tells me where I need to get better.”
Kauffman promises to bring excitement and have a fight that people will talk about for years.
“March 17, in Reading, PA is the day of the fight. It will be live on television and it will be for the number one position for a shot at the heavyweight title.”
“I hope the whole Reading, PA comes to this fight. People need to purchase their tickets and tune in on television because this fight will be a great fight.”
“I’ve been training my ass off. Mansour is no walk in the park. I don’t need him, he needs me. I don’t have a point to prove but I am going to prove it. He isn’t coming to take a dive. I will be victorious on fight night.”
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