By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Jeff Julian
9th ranked WBA contender Travis “My Time” Kauffman (28-1, 20 KOs) captured the WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA with laborious one sided ten round unanimous decision victory over Vincent Thompson. Travis targeted the body and landed several hard shots up top, but Thompson fought throughout the fight in survival mode with small combinations while clinching constantly, which led to a less than exciting fight. All three judges had it heavily in favor of Travis Kauffman by scores of 98-92 and 100-90 x 2 for the unanimous decision victory.
Kaufman had a solid performance, but he was disappointed in the constant grappling and defensive style of Vincent Thompson and he spoke about it afterwards. “I feel sorry for my fans, who came out there to support me. He was a survivor and kept tying me up whenever I began to throw, so I couldn’t show my abilities to my fans.”
Veteran trainer and corner man Nazim Richardson discussed the fight and its’ results afterward too. “Travis is a great fighter and showed lots of poise not to get out of his fight plan. Thompson was a survivor and he came just to survive the fight. Travis is a very good heavyweight and did not get frustrated or tired by fighting and wrestling as he was constantly tied up in the clinches. He has all the talent to really go places.”
In the other fight of interest on the card, former top rated US amateur and rising bantamweight sensation Miguel “No fear” Cartagena upped his record to 11-0, 4KOs with a dominant sixth round stoppage of tough veteran Felipe Rivas (15-16-2, 9KOs). Cartagena had Rivas heavily behind and withering as sixth round came to a close. In Rivas’s corner, the ringside physician saw what appeared to be a fractured bone in his wrist and called for the fight to be stopped. Rivas and his corner complained profusely about the stoppage. The official time of the TKO was three minutes of the sixth round.
“Rivas was a much better fight than I expected. He hit me with some good right hands,” said Cartagena. “I knew that I was the better fighter and I controlled the fight with my hand speed and boxing abilities.”
In the official eight round co-feature of the evening, rising junior lightweight Frank Santos De Alba (11-1-2, 4KOs) captured a one sided, but hard fought eight round unanimous decision victory over Chazz McDowell (6-4-1,1 KO). De Alba was in control throughout the early rounds, stepping in and out with sharp jabs and quick power combinations. McDowell finally found the distance in the fifth and appeared to take his first round of the fight as he backed up De Alba with sharp shots which had him playing it safe. A big mouse appeared under the eye of Chazz McDowell and he had trouble seeing in the seventh and eighth rounds. De Alba started winging wide hooks, but many missed their mark and he went back to boxing. McDowell was crafty and able to fend off any further damage right up until the final bell. All three judges had it clearly in favor of Frankie Santos De Alba by scores of 79-73 x 2, and 80-73 respectively for the eight round unanimous decision victory.
Vastly improving lightweight Sammy Omar Quinones (5-2, 2KOs) used heavy body work to break down and stop Benjamin Burgos (1-5) in their scheduled four round scrap. Burgos was game, but Quinones looked sharp, mixing in shots up top with his explosive body work. Burgos looked like a beaten fighter as Quinones stalked him throughout the third while banging hard shots up top. The bodywork earlier had done its’ damage as Quinones hurt Burgos against the ropes in the fourth. Quinones let off the gas, allowing him to slide away against the ropes, but two more solid overhand rights forced Burgos to a corner. Quinones jumped on him with a barrage of unanswered punches. Referee Blair Talmadge stepped in to call a halt to the carnage at 2:11 of the fourth and final round, giving Sammy Omar Quinones the impressive TKO victory.
Local junior welterweight Christian Molina had the crowd in a wild frenzy throughout his four round debut, against Dominic Goode. The fight looked more like a tough man scrap as the shorter Molina fought the spider like Dominic Goode. Instead of jabbing his way in Molina tried wild hooks and rocked Goode several times. Goode fight back and bloodied Molina’s nose in the third with straight shots. From the third round on, both fighters looked dead tired and were throwing haymakers from left field. Molina was the better conditioned fighter Molina began to slip and cove, his hooks did the most damage. Goode was game though and survived until the final bell. All three judges saw the bout heavily in favor of Christian Molina by scores of 40-35 x 2 and 39-36 respectively. Christian Molina moves to 1-0, 1 KO, while Dominic Goode slips to 0-2
Flamboyant light heavyweight Khalib “Bigfoot” Whitmore (5-0, 4KOs) showed he is more than just flash, with a crushing second round knockout of Antonio Liles (1-5). Whitmore mixed good body work with hard jabs in the first round. Liles was trying to hold his opponent off, but Whitmore set himself in the pocket in the second round and landed a perfect rib shot. Liles took a step forward before holding his ribs and dropping to the canvas. Referee Blair Talmadge reached the ten count at 1:11 of the second round, giving Whitmore the convincing knockout victory.
In the opening four round lightweight bout of the evening, “Lightning” Lonnie Jackson Jr. 4-1-1, 1KO bounced back from his first loss as a professional with a one sided unanimous decision victory over Robert Ramos (1-2, 1 KO). Jackson dropped Ramos in the first and third, Jackson Jr., was a bit too cautious to jump on his wobbly opponent, which allowed the game game but outgunned Ramos to go the distance. All three judges saw the bout 40-34 in favor of Lightning Lonnie Jackson Jr