Friday, April 12, 2019—-
Former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Truax weighed in at 167.8 pounds at the Armory in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon, his opponent, former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin stepping on the scale after him at 167.6 pounds. Physically speaking, it appears to be a nearly even match-up for their IBF super middleweight title elimination bout scheduled for tomorrow night. Both fighters were all business, posing for the last pre-fight pictures before retiring to their own quarters to rest up and be ready for tomorrow. They made extensive statements Thursday morning, though, at the final pre-fight press conference.
“When I sparred Caleb I remember I knocked his headgear off and it flew across the ring,” Quillin said, as if to brag and make him self sound dominant; “that’s the only thing I really remember from that.” Of course, a headgear flying off a head only indicates a loose headgear, not a hard puncher or a hurt fighter. But Quillin’s words veered down a path of genuine respect for Truax as he continued.
“I knew our paths could eventually cross. I’ve had my eye on him and I was really happy for him when he won his title. I have a feeling we’re going to combine for a great fight.”
Truax expressed sincere determination along with an equal amount of respect for Quillin, indicating the probability of a hard fight fought by two honest boxers who don’t hold actual animosity against each other but will fight with epic efforts.
“I’m excited for Saturday night,” Truax said. “It’s a big fight and important for me that I’m in the main event and in a title eliminator. I’m looking to earn a chance at another title and I know that I have to take care of business on Saturday to get there.
“I’m looking forward to sharing the ring with Peter Quillin, a guy I’ve known and respected for a while. He’s accomplished a lot. I think that our styles are really going to clash and give the fans a lot of action and drama. “
With this epic battle set for the main event, the Saturday night broadcast on FS1 and Fox Deportes includes four more televised fights.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko of Brooklyn, NY weighed in at 159 lbs. for his 12 round IBF middleweight title eliminator against Jack Culcay of Ambato, Ecuador, who weighed 159.2 lbs. This semi-main event will hopefully be a competitive match that energizes the Minnesota fans for the main event.
In 10 round bouts, super featherweights Chris Colbert of Brooklyn, NY and Mario Briones of Aguascalientes, Mexico each weighed 132 lbs. (super featherweight is offically 130 lbs.); super lightweight Jose M:iguel Borrego of Aguascalientes, Mexico weighed 145.4 lbs. and Hector Ambriz Suarez weighed 143 lbs. (super lightweight is offically 140 lbs.); and in a listed 6 round contest at super middleweight (officially 154 lbs.), Joey Spencer, Linden MI weighed 156 lbs. and Osia Vasquez weighed 155.4 lbs.