Wallin, Kauffman quotes

Heavyweights Otto Wallin (20-1, 13 KOs) and Travis Kauffman (32-3, 23 KOs) square off in a 10-round showdown on the August 15 Showtime telecast from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Wallin will return to the ring for the first time since facing Tyson Fury in September 2019. Wallin opened up a gruesome cut over Fury’s right eye with a legal punch that nearly halted the fight.

Otto Wallin: “I’ve been training steady since the Fury fight and I feel like I’ve developed my game in a lot of ways. Kauffman is a tough veteran that can both come forward or box if he wants to. He’s a fan-friendly fighter and I have to be ready at all times. We have a great game plan as always and I’m in excellent shape. I know I have all the tools to beat Kauffman.”

Travis Kauffman: “This is my first training camp in seven years without Brother Naazim Richardson, but I know that he wouldn’t want me to leave camp and he’d want me to stay focused. Having him pass away while I was in camp was one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with, but there’s adversity in every camp I’ve had. I wouldn’t feel right if there wasn’t adversity to overcome. My father, Marshall, stepped back in as my head trainer. We know we’re facing a young, hungry fighter, but I have more experience than him and I don’t think he can last 10 rounds with me when I’m at 100% like I’ll be on August 15.”

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  • If the Wallin that fought Fury shows up he will beat Kaufman with determination alone.

    • Well said. I had Wallin beating Fury in their fight, but the greedy match-maker gods with the checkbook would not allow that since it would have spoiled the fight with Wilder. It was a close fight, but Fury from the get-go was the winner behind the scenes.

      • Really? I thought Wallin did well in that fight, but I didn’t think it was all that close. I had Fury winning comfortably. But Wallin definitely did his share in that fight. More than Wilder, anyway.

      • I think the cut to Fury’s eye made the whole fight seem worse than it was. Close fight but I thought Fury was the clear winner. Wallin fought hard though and I think he’s going to pressure and swarm Kauffman and give him hell.

      • Just like when delahoya got the decision over Saturn in which he lost, so he could fight Hopkins

          • Kris, I recall that fight when Oscar fought Felix. I did have Felix winning that fight and actually thought Oscar overlooked him and got himself in deep waters.

  • Question-Is it worth to shut down the worlds economy, businesses closing left and right causing mass unemployment, schools closing for the coronavirus, which Travis Kauffman had, and is fighting in a 10 round boxing match just a few months later?

  • This is a pretty good HW matchup and looking forward to this. Side note – I met Otto randomly in Times Square about a year ago, I’m 6’3 and he’s a big kid, i felt short next to. Also he was a super nice dude! Def. a fan of.

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