READING, PA (April 14, 2011) - Rising prospect Travis Kauffman is ready to take his next step in the heavyweight title picture when he returns to the Sovereign Center's Reading Eagle Theater in his hometown of Reading, PA on May 21.
The 25-year-old with a record 21-1 (16 KO) will defend his WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight title against an opponent to be named shortly in the eight-round main event of the "Fight For Hope" boxing card, which will be promoted by King's Promotions.
Kauffman is currently in California training with top heavyweight contender Chris Arreola as he prepares for his own match in May. Kauffman has won three straight bouts since his only career defeat.
Reading favorite Keenan Collins will also be in action in a six-round junior middleweight co-featured bout. The fan-friendly knockout artist Collins, 12-5-2 (8 KO), will be making his first appearance since December 2009.
The rest of of the pro card will be comprised of local Pennsylvania talent such as heavyweight William Miranda (2-3) of Allentown, the pro debuts of Williamsport heavyweight Randy Easton and Reading welterweight Cesar Gonzales, welterweight Grayson Blake (1-0, 1 KO) of State College, PA, and lightweight Travis "The Animal" Thompson (4-7-1, 3 KO) of Pottstown, PA.
The card will also feature some of the best local amateur talent, including Quincy Staples of Reading against Abram Santos of Allentown in a rubber match to settle a 1-1 tie.
Xavier Melendez of Reading will face Exter's Kenny Williams, Fabian Valentin of Reading versus Elmer Madenia from Lebanon, and 6'6", 280 pound Super Heavyweight Giant Joe Campano versus Darnell Hayes from Lebanon.
And in female amateurs, Tassalea "The Princess" Lopez of Reading will face Janel Grim of Lebanon.
The event will be sponsored by Everlast, Direct TV, and GMI First.
Tickets, priced $50, $35 and $25 can be purchased by calling King's Boxing at 610-587-5950, Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by going online at Ticketmaster.com. VIP tables and family of four special packages are also available. For more information, call 610-898-7469.
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