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Caleb Truax News
The former world 168-pound champion is all about making a difference in the lives of those who need it.
Former World Champions Peter Quillin and Minnesota-native Caleb Truax meet in a high-stakes rematch and IBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator in the co-feature of the card at The Armory in Minneapolis.
The anticipated super middleweight clash between Peter Quillin and Caleb Truax ends in a no decision after an accidental clash of heads opened a bad cut near Truax's right eye.
Caleb Truax Fights
Win vs David Basajjamivule 16-4-1
Jan 25, 2020 • Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against David Basajjamivule by MD in Round 10 of 10
No Contest vs Peter Quillin 34-2-1
Apr 13, 2019 • The Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Peter Quillin Caleb Truax by ND in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Fabiano Soares 15-10-1
Aug 24, 2018 • Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Fabiano Soares by TKO in Round 3 of 10
Loss vs James DeGale 25-3-1
Apr 07, 2018 • The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caleb Truax LOSES to James DeGale by UD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs James DeGale 25-3-1
Dec 09, 2017 • Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom
James DeGale LOSES to Caleb Truax by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs KeAndrae Leatherwood 20-4-1
Aug 25, 2017 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against KeAndrae Leatherwood by TKO in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Zachariah Kelley 5-15-0
Aug 20, 2016 • Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Zachariah Kelley by KO in Round 2 of 8
LOSS vs Anthony Dirrell 33-2-1
Apr 29, 2016 • Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Anthony Dirrell WINS against Caleb Truax by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Melvin Betancourt 29-3-0
Feb 20, 2016 • Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Melvin Betancourt by TKO in Round 4 of 10
LOSS vs Daniel Jacobs 36-3-0
Apr 24, 2015 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Daniel Jacobs WINS against Caleb Truax by TKO in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Scott Sigmon 24-5-1
Nov 01, 2014 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Scott Sigmon by TKO in Round 8 of 10
Win vs Derek Ennis 24-4-1
Jul 25, 2014 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Derek Ennis by UD in Round 10 of 10
Draw vs Ossie Duran 28-11-2
Jan 03, 2014 • Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax DRAWS with Ossie Duran by PTS in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Cerresso Fort 17-1-1
Sep 21, 2013 • Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Cerresso Fort by TKO in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Donovan George 24-3-2
Jun 21, 2013 • Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Donovan George by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Don George 24-3-2
Jun 21, 2013 • Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Don George by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Matt Vanda 44-14-0
Jan 19, 2013 • Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Matt Vanda by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Michael Walker 19-16-3
Nov 17, 2012 • Crown Plaza Hotel, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Michael Walker by TKO in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Mickey Scarborough 6-4-0
Sep 22, 2012 • Crown Plaza Hotel, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Mickey Scarborough by KO in Round 1 of 8
LOSS vs Jermain Taylor 33-4-1
Apr 20, 2012 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Jermain Taylor WINS against Caleb Truax by UD in Round 10 of 10
WIN vs Andy Kolle 23-2-0
May 27, 2011 • St. Paul Armory, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Andy Kolle LOSES to Caleb Truax by SD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Phil Williams 11-3-1
Feb 26, 2011 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Phil Williams by MD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Jonathan Reid 34-12-0
Oct 09, 2010 • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Jonathan Reid by TKO in Round 9 of 10
Win vs Antwun Echols 32-12-4
Jun 11, 2010 • St. Paul Armory, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Antwun Echols by UD in Round 10 of 10
Draw vs Phil Williams 11-3-0
Apr 23, 2010 • St. Paul Armory, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax DRAWS with Phil Williams by SD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Kerry Hope 12-2-0
Nov 20, 2009 • National Guard Armory, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Kerry Hope by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Patrick Perez 25-6-0
Jul 25, 2009 • St. Paul Armory, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Patrick Perez by TKO in Round 7 of 8
Win vs Durrell Richardson 11-2-0
Jun 05, 2009 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Durrell Richardson by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Steve Walker 22-19-0
Feb 13, 2009 • Epic Night Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Steve Walker by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Johnny Hayes 6-3-1
Jan 24, 2009 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Johnny Hayes by TKO in Round 5 of 6
Win vs Larry Brothers 7-31-3
Nov 28, 2008 • Convention Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Larry Brothers by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Robert Kliewer 9-4-2
Aug 29, 2008 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Robert Kliewer by KO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Thomas Rittenbaugh 3-1-2
Jun 26, 2008 • Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Thomas Rittenbaugh by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs James Crayton 34-27-2
May 17, 2008 • St. Paul Armory, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against James Crayton by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Jeffrey Osborne Jr 4-9-2
Mar 29, 2008 • The Myth, Maplewood, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Jeffrey Osborne Jr by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Jeffrey Osborne Jr 4-6-2
Nov 17, 2007 • The Myth, Maplewood, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Jeffrey Osborne Jr by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Terry Tock 17-9-1
Jul 13, 2007 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Terry Tock by KO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Nick Whiting 0-4-0
Jun 15, 2007 • Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Nick Whiting by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Ray Walker 1-2-0
Apr 06, 2007 • Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Caleb Truax WINS against Ray Walker by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Caleb Truax Bio
Caleb Truax never planned on becoming a boxer, and only got into the sport after fighting in a Toughman Contest during college. Despite limited amateur experience, the Minnesota native has established himself as a contender in the 168-pound division.
Truax was an athlete long before he became a boxer. Growing up in a single-mother household along with his twin sister and a younger brother, Truax was a baseball and football star in high school in his native Osseo, Minnesota.
He then played football at Virginia State University for one year before a knee injury ended his gridiron career.
He returned home in 2003 to attend the University of Minnesota, and it was there at the age of 19 that Truax entered a local Toughman Contest.
He lost his first fight, but soon became consumed by boxing—altering his diet and training relentlessly as he pursued an amateur career.
A steep learning curve
In 2006, Truax earned his degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota with minors in political science and African-American studies. He also excelled in the ring that year, winning regional, Upper Midwest Golden Gloves and USA Boxing state championships.
Truax had his sights set on the 2008 Olympics, but after it was discovered that he had fought in the Toughman Contest, he lost his amateur status although he received no compensation for his participation.
He turned pro soon after, finishing his amateur career with a record of 21-8.
Big fish in the Land of 10,000 Lakes
An avid fisherman, Truax made his professional debut at the Target Center in Minneapolis on April 6, 2007, scoring a second-round technical knockout of Ray Walker.
Fighting almost entirely in his home state, Truax won his first 14 fights, including nine stoppages, and was named Boxing Digest’s Prospect of the Month in April 2009, employing a cerebral, methodical approach to break down his opponents.
A draw against Phil Williams in April 2010 put the first tarnish on the undefeated “Golden,” but Truax proceeded to defeat Williams in a February 2011 rematch in Hinckley, Minnesota, winning a 10-round majority decision.
After defeating Andy Kolle in May, Truax took on former 160-pound world champion Jermain Taylor in Biloxi, Mississippi, in April 2012. Truax gained a ninth-round knockdown, but Taylor won a 10-round unanimous decision.
Putting himself in title contention
Truax rebounded five months later with a first-round KO of Mickey Scarborough in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He followed that up with a fourth-round TKO of Michael Walker in November 2012.
Truax continued to establish himself as a rising contender in 2013 with three victories in Minneapolis. He won a 10-round unanimous decision over Matt Vanda in January, gained a sixth-round TKO of Don George on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights in June as a heavy underdog and then defeated Cerresso Fort in September with a fourth-round TKO.
Truax opened 2014 with a 10-round draw against Ossie Duran in January, but proceeded to win a 10-round unanimous decision over Derek Ennis in July before closing the year with an eighth-round TKO of Scott Sigmon in November.
Coming up short
Truax got his first shot at a world title when he faced 160-pound champion Daniel Jacobs in Chicago on April 24, 2015, in a bout that aired on Spike TV.
The boxers engaged in a defensive battle in which few big shots landed during the first half of the fight, but the action picked up in the second half as Truax fell behind on all three judges' scorecards.
Truax had difficulty penetrating Jacobs' defense most of the fight, but was able to outbox the champion in some of the later rounds.
Jacobs wore down Truax, though, and scored a knockdown in the 12th round before finishing off Truax moments later. It was the first time in Truax's career he lost via knockout.
Truax bounced back in February 2016, stopping Melvin Betancourt in four rounds. However, he suffered another setback that April, as two-time world champion Anthony Dirrell stopped him in the first round.
A NEW WORLD CHAMPION FROM MINNESOTA
In August 2017, Truax stopped KeAndrae Leatherwood in 10 rounds. The victory set up another world title shot, this time versus IBF World Super Middleweight Champion James DeGale on December 9, 2017.
The bout took place at Copperbox Arena in DeGale's hometown on London, England. Naturally, the champ was a heavy favorite. But the oddsmakers couldn't have been more wrong.
DeGale got off to a hot start early on, using his awkward southpaw style to box from the outside and keep Truax at bay. Truax, however, never stopped coming forward. It paid off in the fifth as he stunned DeGale with a series of crosses and uppercuts. By the end of the round, the champion was bleeding above his eye and from his mouth.
Truax continued to apply steady pressure, wearing DeGale down. It was enough to earn him 12-round majority decision, and the IBF super middleweight title in front of a stunned crowd. One judge scored the bout 114-114, a score which was overruled by tallies of 116-112 and 115-112 in the visitor’s favor.
The two squared off again in April 2018. It was another hard-fought scrap but, this time, DeGale regained his world titles via 12-round unanimous decision.
On August 24, 2018, Truax stopped Fabiano Soares in three rounds at Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis. Another big fight, versus former world champion Peter Quillin in April 2019, ended abruptly when a cut caused by an accidental headbutt in the second round halted the action, ending the fight with a no decision.
On January 25, 2020, Truax got back into the win column with a 10-round majority decision over David Basajjamivule at the Convention Center in Minneapolis.