By Robert Brizel June 9th, 2008 All Ringside Boxing
Seven bouts out of a scheduled eight went off as planned on Friday night, June 6, 2008, at the sovereign Performing Arts Center, in Reading, Pennsylvania promoted by Marshall Kauffman and Top Rank. Spanish channel Telefutura provided commentary in English and Spanish.
Attendance was spartan at the fight card as high school graduation was taking place in downtown Reading at the same time. Welterweight contender Kermit Cintron was in attendance at the fight card to witness the professional debut of his brother and sparring partner, Harold. Also in attendance was former three time New Jersey Golden Gloves champion Michael Torres, of Newark, currently 11-0 (6) as a professional junior welterweight and being trained by former 1960’s light heavyweight contender Johnny Persol (who beat Eddie Cotton, Harold Johnson and Bobo Olson).
A scheduled bout between Lancaster, Pennsylvania light middleweight Manuel Guzman 6-5-1 (2) and New Jersey’s Alex Perez 9-0 (6) was scratched, as Guzman instead took a different fight on Wednesday night at the Aviator Sports Arena in Brooklyn, New York, and upset previously undefeated hometown favorite, Tommy Rainone 11-1 (3) by a four round split decision.
Promoter Marshall Kauffmann explained in an interview that he is working on a fight card for September that will include a rematch between Guzman and Jorge Delgado, and will include his son Travis Kauffman, now 10-0 (7) as a heavyweight, on the card. Kauffman is billing his son as ‘The Great White Hope’ following the likes of Jim Jeffries, Rocky Marciano, Duane Bobick, Gerry Cooney, and Tommy ‘The Duke’ Morrison. Travis is now hard in training in California.
In the main event of the evening, middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico moved a step closer to a title shot against World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik with a fifth round stoppage of fading Alfredo Cuevas. Rubio, now 42-4-1 (37), fighting out of Georgetown, Texas, hardly had a workout with Cuevas, 26-10-1 (17), fighting out of Chicago. More...