Heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman, is set for a hometown showdown, against Manuel Quezada, at Santander Arena, Reading, PA, on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Since turning pro in 2006 Travis has racked up an enviable twenty six wins, nineteen by stoppage finish, and just the single loss, against Tony Grano in September ’09.
Even though this isn’t his first tilt at a title – having secured the WBF Inter-Continental title in May 2010, with a sensational second round stoppage of Youngstown, Ohio’s Chris Koval – Travis is so determined to secure the coveted WBU crown, that for the first time in his career he has recruited a new member to his training team, former World Cruiserweight Champion Al Cole.
“I don’t underestimate him at all, he may not have boxed for a while but he’s been fighting in MMA, so he is fight ready. He’s had more championship experience than me, but I have a lot of experience in the amateurs and I’ve had a lot of professional experience as well.
“I’ve been extremely busy, this is my fourth fight in less than a year, I’ve dedicated myself in camp and there’ll be a new Travis Kauffman on the 30th, which I don’t think anybody has ever seen. I’ve been sparring Tomasz Adamek, he’s been helping me for November 30th and I helped him for his November 16th fight.
“I don’t think you can get better sparring than I’ve had for this fight, I’ve also sparred Brian Jennings and we’ll be brought him back into the camp, I’ve also been sparring Monte Barrett, so you can see I’ve been sparring World class fighters.
“To prepare me for my fight, besides my father Marshall Kauffman, Al Cole a former Cruiserweight Champ of the World, he’s helping train me. I don’t like to have a whole bunch of people around me, I’m not someone who has an entourage of trainers and the like.
“This is the first time I’ve worked with Al Cole, sometimes he’s a little frustrated when we’re learning something new, but he’s aching for me to win the Heavyweight title, he held the Cruiserweight title for six years and was unbeaten, but he never won the Heavyweight title.
“I’m really up for it, I’m training really hard, I’m really enjoying my boxing and I think everything’s going in the right direction. I feel I want it more than he wants it, I’m really enjoying my boxing and I will be the WBU Champion on November 30th.”