Minneapolis, MN (March 14, 2019) – Minnesota boxer Caleb Truax knows all about second chances.
In December 2017, in his second chance at a world title, the Minnesotan defeated England’s James DeGale for the IBF world super middleweight crown. Now, a year after relinquishing the championship in a rematch with DeGale, Truax (30-4-2) is one win away from a second “second chance.”
Another crack at boxing’s biggest prize is at stake as Truax takes on Brooklyn’s Peter Quillin (34-1-1), also a former world champion, in a highly anticipated April 13 bout that will headline a nationally televised night of boxing at the historic Minneapolis Armory.
The Truax-Quillin showdown is an IBF eliminator fight, which means the winner will get another world title opportunity.
Truax said he intends to get his title belt back, but he’s not looking past Quillin.
“He’s a great fighter. He’s one of the better fighters I’ve ever fought in my career, but I feel really confident going into the fight because it’s a guy that I’ve sparred with before,” Truax said.
“I’m the type of fighter that if I’ve been in the ring with you, if I felt you out, it’s to my advantage. He’s a power puncher, he’s kind of a counterpuncher, and I think that my style matches up really well with his. So I’m really confident going forward,” Truax added.
Truax’s fight with Quillin will be his second at the Armory. Last August, he scored an impressive knockout at the historic 1930s-era building, which has established itself as an elite boxing venue since it reopened in late 2017 after a major renovation.
“This is going to be the biggest [Armory boxing card] yet. … There’s going to be like 5,000 or 6,000 people in there, chanting my name. It’s going to be crazy,” he said.
Truax, who has experienced the Armory as both a fan and boxer, said the building’s sight lines and acoustics are great.
“It’s different from any other live sporting event. It’s a great time. For $50 you can sit 100 feet away from the ring. It’s just a great time. You can walk around, you can have a drink, you can visit with friends, do whatever and just watch the fights and take everything in.”
Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing, said Quillin vs. Truax is “a true 50-50 matchup of former world champions looking to put themselves in position to grab another world title. Truax will have the hometown crowd in Minnesota behind him, but Quillin has fought at the highest level against top competition for years.”
Born in Chicago and raised Michigan, Quillin (34-1-1, 23 KOs) has called Brooklyn, N.Y. home throughout a pro career that saw him win a world title against Hassan N’Dam in 2012 and defend it three times. His only loss came at the hands of Daniel Jacobs in 2015. That same year he battled former champion Andy Lee to a draw.
“I’m approaching this fight very seriously because I know Truax is a durable guy who knows how to fight,” said Quillin. “He comes from a background where people don’t give him credit for what he’s done, and those are the most dangerous guys. I’m no stranger to fighting in my opponent’s backyard. My job is to go into the ring and go home with the win. I’m looking to walk away with some of his fans on my side by winning the fight and putting on a great performance.”