This Saturday at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Caleb “Golden”
Truax (30-4-2, 19 KOs) will meet Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (34-1-1, 23 KOs). The fight is a must win for both fighters. Both are 35 years old, and that means they don’t have much time left to leave their mark in the sport. The winner of this fight becomes the mandatory for the Super Middleweight IBF title which is currently held by Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (18-0, 10 KOs). The loser will surely take a few steps back, even further back if they are dominated.
Peter Quillin last fought in August, and claimed a unanimous decision over J’Leon Love (24-3-1, 13 KOs). He’s a former middleweight title holder, and his only loss came against Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs). He lost that fight in just 85 seconds, and hasn’t seemed to be the same fighter since. He became fairly inactive, not fighting at all in 2016, fighting once in 2017, and once last year in August. That could play a role in a fight that is considered a 50-50 fight. Any edge could propel either man to a win here.
Caleb Truax is coming off a TKO win over journeyman Fabiano Soares (15-11-1 11KOs). That came after a loss to James DeGale in their 12 round war just a year ago. Truax had previously defeated DeGale the year before. Truax has also been knocked out by Daniel Jacobs. He’s been the more active fighter though and he seems to still have some fight left in the tank.
I have Truax as the favorite in this fight. He’s the hometown fighter. That’s always extra motivation. He has a lot of power, he comes to fight, and has the heart of a warrior. Quillin is a slick boxer, who has respectable power, but does not like getting into wars. He’s not good at handling swarming type pressure, as we saw in the Jacobs fight. Quillin is the better boxer and just has more natural talent, but I’m not sure if he has the heart or the will even, to dig deep when he needs to dig deep.
Keys to Victory for Peter Quillin:
- Box smart. Quillin possesses a 1 inch height advantage but gives up 4 inches of reach meaning he will have to fight inside to land on his target consistently. use his jab to close distance and use counters when Truax tries to swarm him.
- Be patient. Truax will bring pressure early, he will try to swarm Quillin. Wait for spots to open up, don’t panic and force punches, can’t make too many mistakes.
- Use Speed and angles. One advantage Quillin can use is that he’s faster. He should try to make this as much of a boxing match as he can, until he wears down his opponent (if he can). He needs to use quick movement to land punches on the inside and then move out of range in the same motion.
Keys to Victory for Caleb Truax:
- Swarm him. It’s not secret that Quillin does not handle pressure well in fights. Truax just needs to keep coming forward. He might have to take some to give some, but if he is relentless with his pressure, Quillin will fold.
- Use head movement. Truax will be employing a relentless pressure gameplan, so he will need to move around while coming in to ensure he doesn’t get constantly countered by his speedy opponent.
- Cut off the ring. Quillin will not want to engage too much, he will try to dance around the ring and make it a boxing match. Truax should try to bully him, force him into the corner, onto the ropes, fight him in a phone booth.
I see Caleb Truax winning this fight. It will either be a mid to late round stoppage or a convincing unanimous decision. He’s in his home town, he’s fighting a guy who I feel might be shot. I think Truax has looked better against better opposition as of late and he just wants it more. Quillin just hasn’t been the same since his loss to Jacobs. I question his hunger. I question how much he really has left, and if he’s even interested in fighting the best still or if he’s just trying to collect a paycheck. Truax Mid to Late round TKO.
The action begins with the prelims live at 8:00 PM ET on FS2, FOX Deportes and can be streamed on the FOX Sports app as undefeated top prospect Chris Colbert (10-0, 3 KOs) takes on Mario Briones (29-8-2, 21 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight clash. Super lightweight Jose Miguel Borrego (14-2, 13 KOs) will take on Hector Ambriz Suarez (12-9-2, 6 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
The main card starts at 10:00PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app. Also fighting is unbeaten prospect Joey Spencer (6-0, 6 KOs) facing off against Osias Vasquez (4-2) in a six-round super welterweight bout, and middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-1, 10 KOs) will battle it out with Jack Culcay (25-3, 13 KOs) in a 12-round IBF title eliminator.