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March 18, 2017


Amir Mansour W12 Travis Kauffman … Amir Mansour, aged 44, showed an array of skills as he defeated Travis Kauffman by majority decision in a twelve-round heavyweight bout in Reading, Pennsylvania, Kauffman’s hometown. For a man his age, Mansour showed amazing athleticism and stamina.  The southpaw was fighting an opponent 13 years his junior and following a layoff of 14 months. The spirited bout was filled with numerous back-and-forth exchanges, and was close through the middle rounds, but “Hardcore” took command down the stretch despite fighting past ten rounds for just the second time in his career. Mansour swept the eighth through eleventh rounds on all three judges’ scorecards to defeat Kauffman by scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 114-114. source: premier boxing champions

Mansour was crisp and effective from the outset, moving laterally to either side and firing with both hands in the first round.

Kauffman switched to southpaw to open round two and caught Mansour with a solid right on the inside. He stayed in the lefty stance for most of the bout, and was most effective from there in the early rounds.

In the second half of the fight, though, Mansour grew more effective as the pace of the action increased. The Wilmington, Delaware, resident tagged the bigger Kauffman with a lunging right hook in round eight, when he also landed a stinging left after doubling up on his right hook.

Mansour continued to use his jab to set up his power shots, firing three rapid-fire rights before landing flush with a straight left in the ninth.
From there, the action heated up as the men traded punches standing virtually toe-to-toe until the final bell. While Kauffman had his moments, it was Mansour who continually landed the harder shots.

Fighting for the first time since nearly biting his tongue in half in a stoppage loss to Dominic Breazeale in January 2016, Mansour earned the biggest victory of his career, which began in July 1997 but was interrupted for nearly a decade in 2001 because of a prison sentence.

Kauffman, 31, lost for the first time since Tony Grano stopped him in the fourth round in September 2009, and suffered his first defeat in 10 career bouts in his hometown.
“I got robbed. It’s plain and simple,” Kauffman said. “It was a good fight, but I thought I won by three rounds.

“He landed a couple of shots, but I clearly outworked him. I thought I landed more and did enough to get the win.”

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