An intriguing crossroads clash between two former World champions takes place this weekend in Minneapolis, Minnessota as former WBO World middleweight champion Peter Quillin faces former IBF World super middleweight champion Caleb Truax.
Quillin is still very much in the rebuilding phase of his career, having moved up a division following a shock first round defeat to Danny Jacobs in December 2015, and registered a unanimous points win over J’Leon Love in August.
Truax, meanwhile – a rugged, Midwestern road warrior – shocked the world in December 2017 when he bullied and battered James DeGale over 12 rounds to relieve the Londoner of his World title on away soil.
Although he was unsuccessful in his efforts to retain it in a competitive rematch, Truax’s point was proven and he has certainly now established himself as a relevant figure in the division and someone who Quillin no doubt will have to work extremely hard to overcome.
While ‘Kid Chocolate’s’ early promise gave way to long stretches of inactivity, injuries, and lacklustre performances, Truax found success in arguably the twilight of his career and is confident of perpetuating that trend come Saturday night.
Middleweights will also be colliding on the undercard, as Ukrainian Sergey Derevynachenko – who suffered a razor-thin split-decision loss to Danny Jacobs for the IBF title in October – faces Jack Culcay, as the pair look to work their way back into World title contention.
Article by: Navi Singh
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