Travis Kauffman said he wanted 2014 to be his year in the ring, and he got off to a good start Saturday night at the Sands Event Center against Vincent Thompson in the main event of XFE’s and King’s Promotions card.
The slated 10-round affair was for the vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title, but at times looked more like a glorified sparring session and on paper it seemed that way.
Kauffman easily outpointed Thompson in a lackluster match that saw more holding and clinching by Thompson then punching.
When it was all said and done the judges saw it that way as well, scoring the bout 98-92, 100-90, and 100-90 for Kauffman, who improved to 28-1 and entered the bout ranked-ninth by the WBA.
“Time to move forward and after winning the WBA Fedelatin Title that showed move me up to the Top 5 in the world. I would love for an opportunity to fight Alexander Povetkin in his comeback,” Kauffman told On “Q” Sports exclusively Sunday.
Kauffman appeared to win every round except the first round, and to his credit kept boxing, even though Thompson was content with holding throughout the fight.
“It was a fight that you can’t look good against,” added Kauffman. “It’s unfortunate because I wanted to show my skills but was unable to because of his (Thompson) excessive holding.”
Kauffman had to work the first two rounds, but found himself often chasing Thompson, who was happy with throwing a punch or two, then holding.
Within the first three rounds, Thompson was warned by referee Blair Talmadge for his excessive holding.
Kauffman landed a clean solid right that caught the chin of Thompson, who seemed unfazed but was obvious hurt.
It was clear to everyone that Thompson was not going to mix it up due to his lack of power, but instead dance around and go into survivor mode and that is exactly what he did.
“He is an excellent survivor and he wouldn’t give me the opportunity to get off,” Kauffman said. “However, I was happy and kept my composure and that’s something hard to do. I acted very professional last night but I wanted the KO, but it is what it is.”
Kauffman was able to work the body later on in the fight and he had a very active and solid round six and seven. But the crowd saw more of the same by Thompson, which included holding, clinching, and a hapless attempt to frustrate Kauffman.
His tactics prompted Talmadge to warn him again. Talmadge could have easily deducted a point from Thompson in those rounds, but elected to have both fighters break free and box.
It did not work as the final three rounds looked like a sparring match.
Thompson fell to 13-2, while the 28-year-old Kauffman has won 10 straight since suffering his only loss as a pro to Tony Grano in 2009.
Rich Quinones is the lead blow-by-blow Boxing voice for GFL.tv and Go Fight Live’s Boxing on Comcast. He has sat ringside calling the action with Monte Barrett, Brian Adams, Amir Mansour, Danny Garcia, James Kirkland, Mark Breland and Ronnie Shields, while broadcasting over 70 bouts for GFL in 2013.