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December 04, 2018

By G. Leon

Greg Leon: It wasn't the result you were looking for, but you fought hard and showed nuts and guts. What did you think about your performance versus Luis Ortiz [a tenth-round stoppage]? 

Travis Kauffman: I thought I did well considering who I was up against, but I feel like I could have done much better. I lost 41 pounds in 7 weeks. I went to camp at 270 and fought at 229 lbs. I have no excuses and he was by fair the superior fighter that night. My game plan was to box and move, make him get tired, make him get frustrated and make him use his legs. In the sixth round I was supposed to bring the pressure and I did, but I brought it from a southpaw stance and he hit me wit an overhand left over my jab and dropped me. After that I couldn't just find my rhythm anymore to apply that pressure. It was one of those nights. I wouldn't say it was an off night, on a scale of 1-10 I give myself like a 6-7. I showed that I can box and that was plan early on. I only planned to bring out the aggression in th second half of the fight and when I did I got caught."

GL: Was there anything about Luis Ortiz that surprised you?

Travis Kauffman: "To be honest, I was surprised by his power. I knew he could punch, but it was like a clubbing type power and his counter punching ability was a lot better than expected. I was making him miss early into the fight, but I was surprised by his counter punching and power. In round seven or something like that I tried to hit him with a right hand and he pulled off this matrix move and was like what the f**k, I can't hit this guy in the head. Once I got dropped I couldn't find my rhythm and that damn matrix move didn't help either. (laughs)"

GL: Your father didn't make any excuses, but made it clear that he's got some suspicions about Ortiz being able to maintain his stamina so well from start to finish. 

TK: "I don't put nothing past nobody, but I'm not going to make excuses. It's like I said he was the superior fighter that night. I did tell my corner after the third round that he's got to be on something because I've been hit by some of the biggest punchers in the business, not just in fights, but in sparring. This guys power was so different that he made guys like Mansour and Chris Arreola look like pillow fighters."

GL: How important is it for you to get right back in the ring?

TK: "It's very important. I'm going to keep myself in shape, I will be back and I will be looking to fight again like April sometime for sure."

GL: Both you and your father said this was going to be a tier defining fight. Does this result mean your on the next tier down?

TK: "I feel like I belong at the top, but I've got some work to do and I've got to fight my way to the top tier. You already know whoever wants to fight me I'm ready. I don't care who it is, I don't turn anybody down."

GL: Is there a fight out there you prefer?

TK: "This winner or loser of Adam Kownacki and Gerald Washington would be fine with me. I would love that fight and I hope it can happens."

GL: What did you think about Wilder-Fury?

TK: "It was a god fight, a great fight actually. I think Fury won [officially, it was scored a draw] and I have no idea how he got up from that punch in the twelfth round."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

TK: "Of course I want to thank Boxingtalk one of the greatest boxing sites of all time. I want to thank all of my fans and I will be back stronger than ever. I know what I did wrong, it will be corrected and I'm ready for whoever Al and my father put in front of me."

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