Heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman moved one step closer to legitimate contention with a comprehensive domination of hard-punching trialhorse Chris Koval last night in his hometown of Reading, PA. Kauffman, now 20-1 (16 KO), stopped the 24-7 (18 KO) Koval at 1:19 of the second round to claim the vacant WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight title at the Sovereign Center. The show was promoted by King’s Promotions.
Kauffman Defeats Koval in 2 Rounds
Kauffman, aged 24, advanced towards the Youngstown, OH native behind a solid jab in the opening round that opened the door for hard bodywork downstairs. The ambidextrous Kauffman switched to a southpaw stance towards the end of the first and badly stunned Koval with a four-punch combination to the head. Koval walked back to his corner on unsteady legs.
With vicious intent, Kauffman came out for the second round looking to end all matters then and there. Kauffman dropped Koval twice on a series of right crosses that ultimately led to a finishing barrage midway through the round.
“This was a big confidence booster for me,” said Kauffman, who has won two straight since his only career loss. “I know he was going to be dangerous but I chose to take the fight right to him to make a statement. I feel that I’m ready to step back up in competition and that I belong in bigger fights. I’m still learning every fight but I feel great about where I’m at now.”
Van Oscar Penovaroff Tames “The Animal” Thompson
Former 2004 US Olympic alternate Van Oscar Penovaroff had a statement to make following his lone career blemish, a draw with Francisco Palacios last December. Penovaroff showed tremendous improvement from that performance, utilizing lightning quick counterpunching and crushing left hooks to put Pottstown, PA’s Travis “The Animal” Thompson on his back for the count at :38 seconds of the third round. The fight was contested in the lightweight division.
Penovaroff, now 5-0-1 (4 KO) of Reading, PA by way of Kailua Kona HI will be in action again next Friday at Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA against an opponent to be named.
In other action, heavyweight William Miranda of Allentown, PA made a successful pro debut against Philadelphia’s Hassan Lee, winning by split decision.
In amateur action, at 201 lbs., Derek Goldsborough of King’s Gym captured the PA Cadet Heavyweight Championship in a decision over Angel Rivera of Philadelphia. At 132 lbs., Dasha Radland of Harrisburg won a close decision over Reading’s Sharlene Mendez. At 140 lbs., Kenny Williams of King’s Gym won the decision over Tommy Jaworski of Scranton. At 125 lbs. Quincy Staples of King’s Gym decisioned Gosue Alsaro of York. Luke Panusky of Scranton captured a decision over Gabe Fedor of Allentown at 165 lbs. At 123 lbs., Francisco Rodriquez of Reading won the decision over Roberto Feliz of Philadelphia.
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