News: Travis Kauffman; Julio César Chávez Jr; Dominic Vea

Co-Founders Greg Cohen and Barry Honig of The Empire Sports and Entertainment proudly announce the signing of exciting Reading, Pennsylvania, heavyweight Travis Kauffman (20-1, 16 KOs) to a promotional agreement. 24-year-old Kauffman rebounded nicely from his only career loss (a thrilling and controversial Showtime-televised shootout with fellow contender Tony Grano) by knocking out respected hard-punching veteran Chris Koval in less than two rounds on May 22..

"Travis is the kind of exciting young heavyweight the boxing world needs and we are looking forward to doing some big things with him," said The Empire CEO and Founder Greg Cohen. "He's got good skills and a strong amateur background and let's face it - he couldn't be in a boring fight if he tried."

Kauffman was the number-one ranked American amateur heavyweight when he turned professional in 2006. He made his television debut by stopping once-beaten Malachy Farrell in a blowout.

Trained by his father, Marshall, the quick-fisted slugger has an aggressive mindset and likes to attack in two- and three-punch combinations.

"The kid is a hard-working and crowd-pleasing fighter that fans, especially in Pennsylvania, love to see."

Now Pitching for the Dodgers -- Julio César Chávez, Jr

LOS ANGELES (June 8, 2010) -- Holy Rotisserie League! Undefeated No. 1 super welterweight contender and son of the legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR., has been tapped to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tomorrow's game at Dodger Stadium, between the host Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Chávez will throw the heater at approximately 7 P.M. PT.

Chávez Jr (40-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, is the son of Mexico’s greatest fighter Julio César Chávez. The World Boxing Council’s No. 1 super welterweight contender, Chávez, 24, is in deep training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood for his upcoming rumble against Top-10 middleweight contender “Ireland’s” JOHN DUDDY. Chávez vs. Duddy headlines Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México, the four-fight pay-per-view extravaganza which takes place Saturday, June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México, will be produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at

Dominic Vea to contest Commonwealth Title Fight in Penrith July 1

Western Sydney will host the Commonwealth Cruiserweight title on Thursday 1 July, when Blacktown boxer Dominic ‘The Dominator’ Vea (12-2,10KO) enters the ring against the current WBO African Champion Mohamed Azzaoui (25-5-2,8KO) at Penrith Panthers Rugby League Club.

Dominic says, “I’m fit, focused, and have upped the ante in training this past week. Azzaoui is a respected boxer who has competed at the highest levels. There’s no way I’m taking this fight lightly.”

Dominic’s last hit-out was a gruelling eight round encounter that resulted in a split decision loss against Anthony McCracken. That bout demonstrated Dominic’s never say die attitude and ability to fight through the pain barrier – he entered the ring with a broken nose courtesy of an intense sparring session with Danny Green.

Head Trainer Dylan Nye says, “Dominic is in good form. He went the distance with a broken nose last time around so being 100% fit this time means he will be even more devastating.”

“Making his fight happen has taken almost twelve months with countless hours of negotiation with former champion Robert Norton, potential opponents, and the Commonwealth Boxing Council,” says Dominic’s Manager Justin Clenshaw. “The Commonwealth title is an ‘old school’ title that leads directly to world championship opportunities. It’s now up to Dominic to create his destiny in boxing.”

A former Penrith Junior Rugby League player, Dominic played for the Penrith Panthers U/18s in 1999 and the Windsor Wolves Jim Beam Premiership winning team of 2005. Dom hopes the Panthers fraternity and wider Penrith community are in his corner on July 1st.

Article posted on 08.06.2010

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