Kauffman vs Koval and Penovaroff vs Thompson weigh-in at Blind Hartman’s Tavern.
Travis Kauffman and Chris Koval were in peak condition at the weigh-in for their fight Saturday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. Kauffman, 19-1 (15 KO), of Reading, PA weighed in at 224 while Koval, 24-6 (18 KO), of Youngstown, OH weighed in at 258. The Kauffman-Koval fight is scheduled for eight rounds and will be contested for the WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight title. King’s Promotions will promote this fight as part of “Pain on Penn Street”.
“I’m ready to take care of business tomorrow night,” says the hometown favorite Kauffman. “I am the future of the heavyweight division but I have to worry about right now and that’s Chris Koval. Koval has only lost to the best fighters he’s fought so I have to exceed those expectations.”
Koval is used to taking fights on short notice but for this fight he had time to prepare for a full training camp. Koval is hungry to rejuvenate his career with a big win.
“I really want this fight,” Koval told the Reading Eagle. “It would rekindle my whole career.”
In the co-featured bout, Van Oscar Penovaroff, 4-0-1 (3 KO), of Reading, PA by way of Kailua Kona, HI weighed in at 136 while Travis Thompson, 3-6-1 (2 KO) of Pottstown, PA weighed in at 136. Penovaroff was a 2004 US Olympic alternate and a former mixed martial arts world champion with the Hawaiian-based X-1 outfit. Penovaroff-Thompson is scheduled for four-rounds.
The rest of the combatants will weigh in tomorrow night. The professional portion of the card is rounded out by Derrick Webster (5-0, 4 KO) of Glassboro, NJ against Emmanuel Gonzalez (9-7, 4 KO) of San Juan Puerto Rico in a six-round super-middleweight bout and the pro debuts of Hassan Lee of Philadelphia, PA against William Miranda of Allentown, PA in a four-round heavyweight bout.
Six amateur bouts will also take place featuring the best amateurs in the state.
Tickets, priced at $65, $50, $35 and $25, are on sale now and can be purchased at Kingsboxing.com, the Sovereign Center Box Office at 700 Penn Street in Reading (610-898-7200) and at all Ticketmaster outlets (ticketmaster.com).