15 Heavyweight Opponents For A Travis Kauffman Comeback
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media
With his recent tenth round stoppage loss to Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz, Pennsylvania heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman, 32-3, 18 knockouts, Reading, Pennsylvania, now training in Texas without distraction, needs to restart his heavyweight boxing career in a big way. Here are some of the leading suggestions for his next comeback bouts in 2019, if and when Kauffman returns to the ring:
1. Fight the winner of Bryan Jennings versus Oscar Rivas (After Winning a Tune Up)
Philadelphia’s Bryan ‘By-By’ Jennings versus Montreal, Canada’s 26-0 Oscar Rivas WBO NABO Heavyweight title bout scheduled for Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York on January 18, 2019.
Kauffman should fight and win a tune-up in anticipation of fighting the winner of this bout. Jennings, if he wins, also holds the USA Pennsylvania Heavyweight title so that belt could also be included with WBO NABO against Kauffman. Best Kauffman option on the table.
2. A Rematch with Amir Mansour
Mansour, age 46, has won only one his last five bouts in the past three years, and it
was a 10 round decision win over Kauffman at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania, Kauffman’s hometown. Mansour failed to make it out of the third round in his last two bouts, including a third-round knockout loss to Filip Hrgovic in Zagreb this past September. Second best Kauffman option on the table.
3. A Rematch with Chris Arreola
Kauffman had Arreola down in the third round of their infamous 12 round split decision no contest in December 2015 at A T & T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The only win in his last four bouts in the past four years Arreola recorded was his sixth-round stoppage of Maurenzo Smith at the Staples Center in Los Angeles earlier this month. Arreola will turn 38 years old in March 2019. Third best Kauffman option on the table.
4. Fred Kassi
This durable 39-year-old Cameroon journeyman would be a challenge for Kauffman. Kassi drew with Chris Arreola in 2015 over 10 rounds, and has fought Dominic Breazeale, Hughie Fury, Amir Mansour, Jarrell Miller, Tomasz Adamek, and Izuagbe Uganoh in the past 36 months, a dangerous who’s who of experience in the heavyweight division.
5. Tomasz Adamek
The 42-year-old former world cruiserweight champion Adamek has been in the ring with Eddie Chambers, Vitaly Klitschko, Eric Molina, Jarrell Miller, Steve Cunningham, Artur Szpilka, Vyacheslav Glazkov, Chris Arreola, Andrew Golota, and many known fighters during his 19 year 59 bout pro career, and would be a great challenge for Kauffman. Polish fighter Adamek, a New Jersey heavyweight, would take a fight with Kauffman in 2019.
6. John Wesley Nofire
20 win Miami, Florida heavyweight John Wesley Nofire recently went the 10 round distance in a brilliant but losing effort against Gerald Washington. Credible opponent.
7. Eric Molina
The Weslaco, Texas heavyweight is living and training in the same state as Kauffman now, Texas, so Molina would be a convenient opponent. Molina has fought Adamek, Deontay Wilder, and Dominic Breazeale. Molina was kayoed in the first by Chris Arreola, who Kauffman went 12 rounds with. However, Molina defeated Tony Grano over 12 rounds, who knocked Kauffman, making Kauffman versus Molina an interesting matchup.
8. Derric Rossy
The 44 bout veteran New York heavyweight last fought in 2017 for the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight belt, which is vacant again, a valuable titular belt correlating to the WBC ratings which would be available if Kauffman fought Rossy in a 10 rounder in 2019.
9. Chazz Witherspoon
37-year-old New Jersey heavyweight Chazz ‘The Gentleman’ Witherspoon, 37-3, would make a fantastic 10 round challenge for Kauffman.
10. Dillian Carman
14-3 Canadian heavyweight who currently holds the NABA and WBC Francophone heavyweight titles, belts which would be at stake in a 10 round defense against Kauffman.
11. Oliver McCall
The 53-year-old former WBC World Heavyweight champion out of Corpus Christi, Texas, won a comeback six-round decision over Larry Knight in Corpus Christi this past November and is a geographical range for Kauffman. Good name opponent with a solid chin.
12. Bermane Stiverne
The 40-year-old former WBC World Heavyweight champion from Haiti has been relatively inactive in recent years, but would still be a very good challenge for Kauffman.
13. Maurenzo Smith
The 41-year-old Houston, Texas 20 win heavyweight, who had a nine-bout unbeaten streak going into 2018, fought Chris Arreola earlier this month and is in Texas geographical range for Kauffman to fight.
14. Fabio Maldonado
The 26-1 Brazilian heavyweight, age 38, was 26-0 when he lost a 10 round decision to 25-0 Oscar Rivas earlier this month for the vacant NABF Heavyweight title, a belt which might be vacant again for a 10 round match with Kauffman. A legitimate opponent for Kauffman by virtue of his credit performance against Rivas, although Maldonado did not win a round on the scorecards against Rivas fighting in Rivas home territory of Quebec, Canada.
15. Dominic Guinn
Guinn, a 43-year-old heavyweight veteran of 49 pro bouts, hailing from Houston, Texas, scored a first-round knockout of Juan Luis Gonzalez earlier this month in Santo Domingo. Guinn is experienced enough to give Kauffman a 10 round run for his money.