Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California - After a wild first round, heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman (33-2, 23 KOs) barely defeated Scott Alexander (14-3-2, 8 KOs) with a close ten round majority decision. The scores were 95-95, 96-94, 96-94.
Kauffman was coming back from a long layoff, after being inactive since March 2017 when he suffered a twelve round majority decision loss to Amir Mansour.
Alexander accepted this fight on a week's notice, after the original opponent Antonio Tarver was having issues with securing his license to box. Alexander won his last two fights after losing a ten round decision to prospect LaRon Mitchell in October 2016.
At the start of the first round, Kauffman came out boxing with Alexander and looking to work more on the inside. Alexander was landing shots, but then Kauffman landed a huge right hand on the inside that sent Alexander down hard in the first.
Alexander was able to shock things off and then in the final ten seconds he blasted Kauffman down even harder with a perfect left hook. Kauffman got up on very unsteady legs, but the round was already over before Alexander could follow up.
Kauffman was applying a lot of pressure in the second round, and they were trading some solid punches. The same scenario in the third round, with both landing good punches on the inside. Kauffman was landing the bigger shots.
Alexander with the better boxing and combinations in the fourth round. The action was close in the fifth and sixth. During the sixth round, Kauffman seemed to really slowed down and he was being affected by the body work of Alexander.
Alexander took off the seventh round, which let Kauffman win the round. In the eight, Alexander buzzed Kauffman coming in. He started working Kauffman over, but the veteran fought him off. They were going back and forth, shifting the momentum in the ninth.
During the tenth round, they were both trying to close the show by trading punches on the inside to the head and body until the final bell.