Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman is back in action when he takes on last minute opponent Josh Gormley Friday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA in a slated 10-round affair.
Kauffman (30-1, 22KO’s) was outpointed by Chris Arreola in July, but the contest was later ruled a no-contest after Arreola tested positive for marijuana use and a failed post fight drug test. He was subsequently suspended by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for 90 days, through March 18, 2016, and fined $750 of his $125,000 purse.
The 41-year-old Gormley (22-5, 21KO’s) is in the midst of a 16-year comeback and was dropped and stopped inside three rounds by Andy Ruiz in July and should prove to be an easy test for the former highly-rated, world-rated Kauffman.
Kauffman/Gormley will be on the undercard the WBA middleweight championship rematch between Daniel Jacobs against Sergio Mora, in a fight that will be televised on Spike TV.
“It’s an honor to be up here as the main event with these young fighters and future champions. I’m excited to be back in the ring. It’s been too long but I’ve been training hard and I feel great,” said Jacobs.
“I’m going to do what I do best. People talk about my power, but I get my skills from the amateur system and from proving that I have the goods. I have the power in addition to the skill set. I’m planning on proving that Friday night.”
In the co-feature, undefeated lightweights Robert Easter Jr. and Richard Commey vie for the vacant IBF Lightweight title.