Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Travis Kauffman did not talk long to dispose of former world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza, scoring a second-round knockdown at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Kauffman (30-1, 22ko’s) dropped Mendoza with a solid left-right combination to the body. Mendoza seemed very uninterested in trying to get up, as referee Alan Huggins. The setback for Mendoza was his third in his last four bouts as he falls to 41-22-1, with 35 ko’s.
The 39-year-old journeyman has now been stopped 13 times in his career, while Kauffman has won 12 straight overall.
In other action, former world title challenger Eddie “Fast” Chambers (42-4, 23 ko’s) won his sixth straight bout when he dominated Galen Brown inside of three rounds.
The 33-year-old Chambers floored Brown (43-32-1, 25ko’s) in the second round with a straight right to the head. In the third round, Chambers scored a knockdown when he connected again with a vicious right that sent Brown reeling into the ropes. It was appropriately called a knockdown, because the ropes held up Brown.
Chambers then continued to pepper Brown with shots, prompting referee Mary Glover to stop the action at 1:34 of the stanza. Chambers entered the bout weighing a career-high 230 pounds for the contest, and he looked as though he had more mass and muscle on his frame.
He has typically fought between 205-220lbs.
Undefeated super middleweight prospect Dauren Yeleussinov (4-0, 3ko’s) scored a nice 2nd-round knockout against Justin Williams (4-11-2, 2ko’s), who was dropped twice in the second round.
Keith Tapia (16-0, 11ko’s) kept his undefeated record alive delivering a first-round knockout over fading Anthony Caputo Smith (15-6, 10ko’s). Smith has dropped five of his last six and there has been talk among his handlers that he should retire. He has been knocked out in two straight.
Heavyweight Danny Kelly (9-1-1, 8ko’s) and lightweight Pavlo Ishchenko (debut) both scored early KO’s to earn wins.