Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) U.S. Heavyweight Travis Kauffman is scheduled to take on former world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
For the 30-year-old Kauffman, this is a cross-roads fight for him, to see if he can stay relevant in the U.S. heavyweight division.
He endured a 19-month layoff before stepping back in the ring and beating club fighter Richard Carmack in July.
A native of Reading, PA, Kauffman (29-1, 21 ko’s) has reeled off 11 straight win, but many have questioned the level of his competition. He has only had seven bouts since 2012 and has beaten the likes of Charles Davis, Willie Perryman, Aaron Lyons and Jason Barnett — all considered club level fighters.
He did score a nice win over Vincent Thompson for the interim WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title in 2014. He followed that up by ripping through an over matched Carmack courtesy of a first-round KO over the summer.
Carmack entered that bout having dropped six of seven.
“The fact that I kept in the gym is helping me big time. I think I will be a couple pounds less than the Carmack fight when I weighed 239 pounds,” Kauffman said. “I am able to run more and more following the surgery and It has helped me with my conditioning.”
Mendoza (41-21-1, 35ko’s) has fought for a title before, but lost the WBA Fedebol heavyweight title in 2015 to Trevor Bryan.
“He (Mendoza) has been around a long time,” Kauffman added. “He is a big puncher and has been able to stop good fighters, so I have to take him seriously.”
The co-feature will be an eight-round heavyweight bout that will feature the return of former world title challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers (41-4, 22 KO’s), who will take on Missouri’s Galen Brown (41-31-1, 25 KO’s).