By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent- Ringside
*Photo Credit- Robert Brizel
Bethlehem, PA (January 27th, 2014)– In the pre-fight press conference, southpaw heavyweight challenger Vincent ‘Vicious’ Thompson claimed he was the next great heavyweight champion of the world. So talented a heavyweight was he, Thompson boasted, he got thrown out of the championship training camps of Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko in Europe. In response, the trainer of Travis Kauffman, Nazim Richardson, acknowledged “Thompson is from the planet Mars or Jupiter if he expects us to believe that. Maybe Thompson is telling the truth. If he was in the Klitschkos training camp, Thompson got thrown out because he is a terrible fighter!”
In the main event of a seven bout card at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, on Saturday evening, January 25, 2014, Travis Kauffman won the vacant World Boxing Association Fedalatin title win a ten round unanimous decision over a game but mismatched Vincent Thompson. Kauffman, now 28 years old and 28-1 with 20 knockouts, Reading, Pennsylvania, appeared to win every round except the first against Thompson, now 13-2, two knockouts, Federal Way, Washington.
With this win, Kauffman, the World Boxing Association’s number nine worldwide heavyweight, set up a WBA Fedalatin title defense for his next bout with 40 year old Fres Oquendo, the WBA number eight worldwide ranked contender and previous holder of the WBA Fedalatin belt, who had won the WBA Fedalatin belt by stopping Joey Abell in May 2012, and defended it by decisioning Derric Rossy before getting stripped of the belt.
In the tradition of the late motivational speaker ’Loving Leo’ Buscaglia, who said hugs are the key to happiness, and the retired former world heavyweight champion John Ruiz-who spent entire title fights throwing one punch and following with unbelievable messy clinches all night-Thompson proved a proficient master of hugging. Turning the strange bout into a ten round hug-o-war, Thompson, who came to Reading only to survive and did not try to win, accomplished his task, making the full 10 rounds awkward and ugly.
Kauffman had a strong corner, with world champion trainers Marshall Kauffman (his father), Nazim Richardson, and Al Ice Cole. It was the first time since Kauffman turned pro in January 2006 he fought a bout which went the full ten round distance. In the least Kauffman got in some good work, and promoter Marshall Kauffman, whose King’s Promotions promoted the bout, gave Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley sports fans their money’s worth. Thompson’s real issue is not talent or potential, it is that he simply picked the wrong man to fight so early in his career in taking this ‘opportunity’ bout.
Referee Blair Talmadge stated after the bout he could have taken points away from Vincent Thompson or disqualified him, but as Kauffman was winning every round and had no issues with Thompson’s tactics, he let the bout run the full ten round distance. Real Combat Media did have issues with Thompson’s hold every round approach, and thus scored the bout 99-82 for Kauffman, penalizing Thompson one point for every round from the second round on for excessive holding. While unofficial, the Real Combat Media scorecard makes the point fighters who resort to tactics to avoid boxing should be penalized accordingly if they are not disqualified.
Result: Travis Kauffman Win 10 Vincent Thompson, Heavyweights
Kauffman wins the vacant World Boxing Association Fedalatin title
Referee: Blair Talmadge. WBA Supervisor: Mr. Sucre
Sands Casino Bethlehem Undercard Results
Referees: Benjy Esteves Jr. and Blair Talmadge
Pennsylvania State Athletic Commissioner: Greg Sirb
Frank Santos De Alba Win 8 Chazz McDowell, Lightweights
McDowell fought only to survive after the fifth round, protecting his puffed right eye.
Miguel Cartagena Win TKO 6 Felipe Rivas, Bantamweights (3:00)
Ringside physician stopped the contest between rounds as Rivas was not fighting back in the sixth round. Felipe Rivas and his Mexican corner vigorously protected the stoppage.
Samuel Omar Quinones Jr. Win TKO 4 Benjamin Burgos, Lightweights (2:11)
The shorter Quinones did a masterful job of getting inside and jabbing Burgos face red. The taller Burgos was on the outside but not throwing punches. Noted trainer Mike Melendez was in the Burgos corner.
Khalib Bigfoot Whitmore TKO 2 Antonio Liles, Light Heavyweights (1:11)
Bigfoot, trained by Nazim Richardson, landed body shots to the ribs, and Liles took the count on one knee grimacing in pain.
Christian Molina (Debut) Win 4 Dominic Goode, Light Welterweights
Molina’s Allentown debut. The taller Goode was down in the second. Exciting bout. Both inexperienced fighters got tangled up fighting at close range several times, and at least two other knockdowns were not called. However even the additional knockdowns were counted for Goode it would not have affected the outcome. Molina-way ahead-clearly won the bout.
Lonnie Jackson Jr. Win 4 Robert Ramos, Light Welterweights
Philadelphia fighter Jackson wins every round in opening bout. Ramos down in the second round.