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March 20, 2017

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MARSHALL KAUFFMAN
By G. Leon

GL: Can you give us some thoughts on the Travis-Mansour fight? I thought it was a great heavyweight action bout like I knew it would be. I thought it was a close fight that could have went either way, I think Travis did enough to get the decision, but it could've gone either way. The judge that had it 9-3 was blind or biased and should never work another fight. Steve Weisfeld was the most experienced judge on the panel and he had it a draw. It was a great fight, Travis had Mansour hurt and I think he should've stayed southpaw instead of switching back to orthodox, because when he went back to orthodox he was giving Mansour opportunities. Other than that it was a great fight.

GL: Travis's post fight quote show him say he was robbed. Would you go that far or do you think it was just a close fight he didn't get the nod in?

Marshall Kauffman: "I would say it was a close fight he didn't get the nod in. I think he could've kept his foot on the gas more to get the job done, but you have to give Mansour credit. He did what he had to do at times. When he got hurt he held, one time he rushed Travis and knocked him over and that takes fatigue out of both guys when they have to get back up like that late in the fight."

GL: It appeared that Mansour came on down the stretch and closed the fight stronger than Travis did. Do you agree with that and why do you think that was?

MK: "I think that it was even after ten rounds and I felt like he needed to win the last two rounds to win the fight. I thought Travis went out there and closed the show and made the fight, he took the fight to Mansour and I had us winning the last two rounds. That's me looking at it and I'm a little biased though, but I thought we closed the show. If that's the case I'd be even more pissed because I'm the one who changed it from ten rounds to twelve rounds, so if that's the case then I got to take the blame for that."

GL: Where does Travis go from here?

MK: "We're hoping possibly a rematch. It was a great heavyweight action fight and that twelfth round was epic, to have two heavyweights in the middle of the ring going toe-to-toe like that, I think TV loved it and it was a great TV fight so it makes sense to do a rematch. Who knows? There's other guys in line, Travis has to get back into the gym and can't allow himself to sit idle. He has to make his mark. We fought the Chris Arreola fight and I thought we got robbed in that fight, this fight was a close decision that could have went either way."

GL: Also not the result you wanted with Kermit Cintron either, can you give us some thoughts on that fight?

MK: "Grayton stepped up and did what he had to do. I didn't get to watch much of the fight because I was in the back with Travis, but I did see when Grayton dropped him and I think Kermit was fortunate to come out of it with a draw. You have to just take advantage of whatever presents itself at this time in my opinion."

GL: So you think it was certainly was a step back for him in terms of the opportunities that would have opened up had he performed sensationally.

MK: "Without a doubt, whenever you have the chance to make a statement you have to go out there and do it. When you go back and look at Travis's fight, they both made a fight of it and it was a very close fight. Kermit's fight wasn't that way, I think he got himself a gift for getting a draw out of it. He's got to go back to the drawing board and see what's next. Maybe it was the southpaw, I don't know what it was that caused him to struggle so much. Kermit said Grayton was coming in with his head a lot and he was worried about getting headbutted and eventually he did. They have to figure out what they want to do next and if they want to be in this game, they're going to have to make the right changes because time is ticking."

GL: Can you give us some thoughts on Cunningham's win?

MK: "Steve is a tremendously conditioned athlete. He's very patient in the ring and he did what he had to do to get the victory against a journeyman. Now Steve wants to get a big fight next and I think it's just a matter of him getting together with Al Haymon and seeing what they put on the table next for him. The rest of the card was great from top to bottom. I was impressed with some of the undercard guys and every fight was great and full of action. They were all competitive."

GL: Closing thoughts?

MK: "Of course I was happy with the show overall, but as a father not happy with my son's outcome. It's boxing and that's what makes boxing special, so we've got to get back to the drawing board. It was a great show, but not the outcome I wanted for my son."

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