News: Kauffman KOs Murphy; Aaron Pryor Jr Added To "Homecoming" Card Jan 31

Tulsa, OK- Fighting for the second time in two months, Travis Kauffman of Reading, PA wasted little time in disposing of veteran Ken Murphy. Kauffman scored a second round knockout against the Chicago resident at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, OK, raising his unbeaten record to 15-0 (12 KO). Murphy, a one-time cruiserweight world title challenger and the brother of former IBF cruiserweight champion Lee Roy Murphy, falls to 22-24-2 (16 KO). The time was 1:26..

"I felt good in there," Kauffman says. "I wanted to box a little. I was having fun in there. I lured him in and caught him."

Kauffman hurt Murphy in the first round with a right hand but was content to take his time and utilize his jab. Sensing that his opponent was weary, Kauffman unloaded a fusillade of punches that dropped Murphy for the count.

"In between rounds my Dad told me to take him out. I just did what I was told."

Kauffman's father and trainer Marshall Kauffman was pleased with the performance.

"He did what he had to do. We fought a veteran who has gone the distance with a lot of good fighters. I thought Travis would get more rounds but he got rid of him early."

Although Murphy had fought top contenders like Calvin Brock, Brian Nielsen and Clifford Etienne, Murphy remarked after the fight that Kauffman was the hardest puncher he had ever faced. Kauffman's next fight will be announced shortly.

For more information on Travis Kauffman, visit his official website at .



CINCINNATI, OH (January 17, 2009) Super middleweight prospect Aaron Pryor Jr. will return to the ring at “HOMECOMING”, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, January 31st at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, it was jointly announced today by promoters TMAX Events and TKO BOXING Promotions.

Pryor, son of legendary former world champion Aaron Pryor Sr.., brings a record of 11-1-0 (8KO’s) into battle.

“We’re very happy to bring Aaron back to the ring in Cincinnati, he’s training hard and wants to put on a great performance for the hometown fans on the 31st at the U.S. Bank Arena” said the promoters in a joint statement.

“HOMECOMING” is headlined by 2000 U.S. Olympian Ricardo Williams who returns to his hometown of Cincinnati for the first time in almost five years.

The 30 second commercial for “HOMECOMING” can be viewed on YouTube

The undercard at “HOMECOMING” features newcomers and pro debuters from the Cincinnati, OH area including junior lightweights Tony Walker, Mel Crossley and Jesse James Carridine, Russian heavyweight Nurpais Torobekov, junior welterweight Shannon Hill and super middleweight Antonio Weathers; all of whom will be appearing in separate four rounders.

Further informtion on this event will be announced shortly.

Advance tickets, priced at $79.75, $40.75 and $23.75 can be purchased online through Ticketmaster at or by phone at 513-462-4949. The U.S. Bank Arena is located at 100 Broadway St. in Cincinnati , adjacent to the Great American Ball Park . Doors will open on the evening of the event at 7:30pm with the first bell at 8pm.

Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions stable includes; super middleweight Joey Gilbert, middleweights Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose and James Countryman, junior middleweights Bastie Samir and Anthony Thompson, welterweight Juan Buendia and Raul Tovar, junior welterweights Jonathan Gover, Francisco Contreras and Hastings Bwayla, lightweights Rolando Reyes and Terrance Crawford, junior lightweight Katy Klinefelter, featherweights Eric Hunter, Carney Bowman, Delvin Placencia, Rafael Lora and Maxwell Awaku, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela and Carlos Reyes and bantamweight Emily Klinefelter.

Further information on TKO Boxing Promotions can be viewed at

Article posted on 16.01.2009

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