Boxing fans and media filled Blind Hartman’s Tavern Monday night for the kick-off press conference announcing the Pain on Penn Street pro-am fight card to take place May 22nd at the Reading Eagle Theater at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. The fight card will consist of seven pro bouts, as well as five amateur bouts and three titles will be up for grabs. In the main event, Reading’s Travis Kauffman (19-1, 15 KOs) will face Chris Koval (24-6, 18 KOs) from Youngstown, OH for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight championship. In the co-feature, Reading’s Keenan Collins (12-5-2, 8 KOs) will clash with George Rivera (11-5, 4 KOs) of Virginia for the WBF Americas Super Welterweight title. In amateur action, Derek Goldsborough of Reading faces Perry Young of Philadelphia for the Cadet Heavyweight Championship of PA (15-16 year olds). The pro undercard will also include Reading’s Oscar Van Penovaroff, Derrick Webster of Glassboro, NJ and Joseph Judah of New York. Some press conference quotes:
Promoter Marshall Kauffman: Reading, PA has a great history in boxing, and we’re trying to continue to keep the sport of boxing alive here in Berks County. We have a great pro-am boxing card on May 22nd at the Sovereign Center. In the main event we have Reading’s own Travis Kauffman, who is 19-1 with 16 knockouts, facing Chris Koval of Youngstown, Ohio with a record of 24-6 with 18 knockouts. They will be fighting for the WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight title, the first heavyweight title bout to be held in Reading. In the heavyweight division, one punch can change a fight. In this fight we will have two heavyweights with big punching power, so look for some fireworks on May 22nd.
Travis Kauffman: I’m the first heavyweight from Reading to fight for a title, and I promise come May 22nd, this belt is coming home with me! I ‘ve been killing myself in training, and I truly believe it will be a knockout. I want to thank Chris Koval for coming to Reading, but he’s going to have an even longer trip back home when he gets knocked out.
Chris Koval: I want to thank Marshall for the opportunity to fight for this title. I got a lot more notice for this fight than I usually do, so I’m definitely going to be in shape, I’m definitely going to bring it, so you should all come out and watch a great fight.
Keenan Collins: For the last two years it’s been a little rocky for me, but I’m not losing anymore, I guarantee it! I just want to fight, and I’m training hard.
Derrick Webster: I’m bringing the heat! If you’re looking for power, I’m bringing it. If you’re looking for speed, I’m bringing it. I’m promising everybody here another knockout!
Oscar Van Penovaroff: I’ve been training real hard improving on my skills and I hope to score a knockout….. because I like to knock people out!
Trainer Brian Jones: I want to thank the city of Reading and Marshall for putting us on this card. Derrick Webster is dedicated to this craft. I think it’s going to be a real exciting fight, and I think you guys are going to love it.
Trainer Dean Williams: I’m proud to be on this card with my young prospects. I’ve been doing a lot of good things with Marshall for ten years now. I’m really happy to be part of this card.
Trainer Jim Ruoff: Marshall and I go back long way…. he’s a great promoter and a great friend. I’m real excited to have the young man I’m working with make his debut here in Reading at the Sovereign Center.
Tickets are priced at $65, $50, $35 and $25 and can be purchased at the Sovereign Center Box Office, Kingsboxing.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
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