Will Travis Kauffman Be Sticking To His Word?
Before returning to action for the first time since 2018, Travis Kauffman would end up saying he would retire if he lost two fights in a row. Following a dramatic loss to Otto Wallin, is he following through with his statement?
During the fight, Kauffman (32-4) was getting hit by the jabs of Wallin (21-1, 1 NC), who would apply pressure throughout the bout. It appeared he was letting his guard down in the fifth when in reality, something was wrong with Kauffman. Requiring shoulder surgery in 2018, something that kept him out all of 2019, Kauffman could only move one arm. The referee noticed this and stopped the fight.
“I tore my left labrum getting ready for the [Luis] Ortiz fight,” Kauffman stated after the fight, via Boxing Scene. “Like a dummy, I waited five months to have surgery on it after the Ortiz fight [December of 2018]. I started feeling better and was going to do a tune-up fight in March, but then COVID happened. This opportunity [with Wallin] came up and I didn’t want to pass it up and I felt good.
“In the first round I hurt it. I felt it, but then it went away and I thought maybe it’s just my mind and it went away. Then in the fifth round I heard it and that was it. It was torn again.”
Making his professional debut in 2006, the 34-year-old is a former WBC Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. He has traded off wins since 2017 but never lost two in a row. After losing to Luis Ortiz in December 2018, Wallin is now the official last fighter to face him.
“I’m done,” Kauffman went on to say. “I’m retiring. I have kids. I’ve been doing this a long time.”
As far as Wallin is concerned, he is hoping to face some of the top heavyweight contenders out there today.