Travis Kauffman Makes A Promise For Upcoming Otto Wallin Fight
Although he hasn’t fought since 2018, Travis Kauffman is confident he can take down Sweden’s Otto Wallin.
The two are scheduled to face off this Saturday, August 15 from inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Both within reach of heavyweight glory, Kauffman believes that a win should come easily for him. He’s so confident, he’s willing to put it all on the line.
“I posted this on social media and I stand true to this – I said if I don’t beat Otto Wallin, I’m retiring,” Kauffman would state to Boxing Scene. “And here’s why: I have a lot more experience and I have a lot more ability than Otto Wallin has. His claim to fame is truly losing to Tyson Fury. He was unheard of until then. And I’m not taking nothing away from him. But people say, ‘Travis, why would you say that? He’s a tough southpaw. He’s a good southpaw. It’s your first fight back after two years.’ I never wanted to lose two fights in a row. I’ve said this since the beginning of my career – if I ever lose two fights in a row, I’m done.”
Kauffman (32-3, 1 NC) made his professional debut in 2006. He lost his first fight in 2009 and went on a 14-fight unbeaten streak until 2017. Kauffman is 2-2 in his last four fights, his last fight a loss against Luis Ortiz in December 2018 via knockout. The 34-year-old believes that if he loses two in a row, especially to Wallin, he won’t be getting a future title opportunity anytime soon. Losing two fights in a row and retiring has been his mantra, and he has managed to avoid that for the longest time.
Wallin (20-1, 1NC) last fought in September, almost beating lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. The 29-year-old cut Fury above his eye, which was deep enough that the fight almost got called. Wallin ended up losing via unanimous decision, while Fury needed 47 stitches. Scheduled to face Lucas Browne earlier this year, Wallin had to back out following a stress fracture in his left foot. He also recovered following testing positive for the coronavirus not that long ago.
Wallin is looking to prove his fight with Fury wasn’t a fluke, and that he can fight for gold once again. Kauffman, however, wants Wallin to not forget who he is facing.
“I’m not overconfident,” Kauffman said. “Let’s get that clear. I’m not overconfident. I don’t underestimate Otto Wallin. I do not. I think he’s young, I think he’s hungry and I think he still has a point to prove. He has a chip on his shoulder from losing to Tyson Fury. And he keeps talking about the rematch with Tyson Fury, and forgetting that he’s fighting Travis Kauffman. Eddie Hearn offered him a three- or four-fight deal, and I was supposed to be his first fight back, and he said, ‘No. Travis is too tough of a test.’
“It’s definitely gonna be a tough fight. I don’t think it’s gonna be a walk in the park for me. But I do believe I have that dog in me. That’s what’s gonna make the difference.”
The main event of the night will be David Benavidez against Roamer Alexis Angulo.