Title shot at stake Saturday for former boxing world champ Caleb Truax

Peter Quillin (left) and Osseo's Caleb Truax (right) square off at their Thursday press conference at the Minneapolis Armory ahead of their IBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator bout Photo: KSTP Sports
Peter Quillin (left) and Osseo's Caleb Truax (right) square off at their Thursday press conference at the Minneapolis Armory ahead of their IBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator bout

April 11, 2019 04:34 PM

A year ago, Osseo-native Caleb Truax was the reigning IBF Super Middleweight world boxing champion.  Saturday night at the Armory in Minneapolis, he's fighting for a chance at another - maybe his final - title shot.

Truax (30-4-2, 19 KO) will fight Grand Rapids, Michigan native and New York-based Peter Quillin (34-1-1, 23 KO) in a nationally-televised "title eliminator bout" headling a 12-match card.


Click the video box on this page to see the pre-match press conference with Caleb Truax and Peter Quillin

At 35-years-old, Truax knows this may be his last best-chance at a world title.

"The stakes are high," Truax said at Thursday's pre-fight press conference.  "We’re both 35. It’s gonna be tough to bounce back from this defeat. I’m approaching it like, 'This is it, I gotta win this fight if I want to keep providing for my family as a professional boxer'.   So I’m motivated to get the job done and leave Saturday with my hand raised."

Saturday's winner is assured a shot at current IBF Super Middleweight world champion Caleb Plante.

Truax and Quillin are familiar with one another both from competing in the same division and from having sparred against one another years ago.

"It was back in 2012, so ... seven years ago," Truax said. "I don't remember specifically what happened in sparring... I came away feeling confident if we ever fought I'd be able to get the job done."

"It was a long time ago. I expect a better Peter Quillin Saturday night.  That’s what I’ll be ready for."

Quillin recalled a moment in the sparring match when Truax's headgear flew off, but also recalled a sense of respect for Truax.

"I knew he and I would cross paths together," Quillin said at the press conference. "when he won the world title, I was so happy for him - to be able to have that moment happen, because I know how special it is."

"From what I can say, I know this is going to be a very good fight."

Saturday's card is the fourth at the Armory since it reopened after decades of dormancy.  It has quickly grown into a desirable venue for boxing.  The Armory's most recent card sold out.

The co-headline bout Saturday is an IBF Middleweight bout between Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-1 10KO) and Jack Culcay (25-3 13KO)

A small number of tickets are still available for Saturdays' event.

The final five bouts on the card will air on national television - Fox Sports 2 begins coverage at 7:00 p.m., with the final three bouts airing on Fox Sports 1 at 9:00 p.m.

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