Win or go home? Caleb Truax and Peter Quillin fight for title shot
By Bill Tibbs
Saturday, April 13, live from The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, former world champions Caleb Truax, of Osseo, Minnesota and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin of Brooklyn, New York will do battle in a fight that could see the winner in another world title shot.
The 12-round, IBF super middleweight title eliminator will headline the Premier Boxing Champions card, live on FS1 and FOX Deportes.
Former middleweight champion Quillin (34-1-1, 23 KO’s) will be up against a hometown crowd battling Minnesota’s Truax but this should be of little concern to a veteran like Quillan. “Kid Chocolate” is a former world champion who beat Hassan N’Dam in 2012 to win the belt that he defended three times and scored a big win at 168-pounds defeating J’Leon Love last August by unanimous decision The only blemish on his otherwise impressive record was a loss to Daniel Jacobs in 2015 and a draw against former champion Andy Lee that same year.
Truax (30-4-2, 19 KO’s) was having a good career after turning pro in 2007 but seemed to come up short in bouts that saw him step up to the elite level of the game dropping decisions to Jermain Taylor, Daniel Jacobs and Anthony Dirrell. However, he surprised everyone but himself when he travelled to England in 2017 and beat James DeGale to capture the IBF world 168-pound title.
While Truax lost a rematch to DeGale in 2018 he proved he can step it up to beat the best in the sport and could be looking at another world title shot with a win over Quillan.
Both fighters are 35 and know that title shots don’t come along everyday. So, while it might not be a definite, career defining crossroads bout there is indeed a lot at stake. A win is huge step forward and a loss is a big setback at this stage of their respective careers.
In recent interviews, both fighters expressed their understanding of what a win does for them and both fighters are very confident they will leave the ring with a victory.
“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,” he said.
But, he will be up against a very motivated Truax who is looking to send his Minnesota faithful home happy.
“Peter Quillin is someone I’ve wanted to fight since I first sparred with him in 2012,” said Truax. “I walked away from that experience confident that I could get the job done if we were ever matched together. The fact that it’s taking place at home in Minnesota is even better because my fans are going to give me a huge advantage. My goal is to get back into title contention and win my second world title.”