Below is part one of our Q & A with Caleb Truax…..
Jermain Taylor, What do you take away from that fight? And how close do you feel he was to being stopped?
Even though I lost, I took a wealth of experience away from fighting Taylor. It was an eye opener as to what it takes to win on the next level, on the road, in a big TV fight, ect. Most importantly, I now know I can hang with the best in the world and that’s a huge confidence booster.
I know you never over-look what is in your direct path, but, do you feel like you may get another shot at Taylor?
I have my fingers crossed. There have been discussions but I’m not holding my breath.
September 22 you were able to fight at home again, how did it feel to fight in front of your fans for the first time in over a year?
It was great fighting in MN again after a long layoff. I love being able to put on a show in front of all my family, friends, and hometown fans.
Minnesota has produced an official local ranking system. You are the only current Minnesota State champ. As an accomplished Minnesota pro boxer, what are your thoughts on the ranking system and do feel it will generate more interest locally?
The titles are a decent promotional tool and it’s cool to be considered the MN champ, but the rankings are a novelty. They are a cool point of discussion for fans, but fighters shouldn’t pay to much attention to them because they don’t really mean anything.
After slowing way down, it seems like boxing in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin is picking up again. How far off do you think we are from making some decent statements nationally?
Honestly, I think The region has some good fighters that could compete nationally. The only area it is lacking is numbers. Until there are more fighters in the gyms locally to better each other in sparring and training, I don’t think we’ll see too much of a change.
You and your team have done a great job in working your way up the boxing ladder. What advise would you give some of the regions younger talent as they try and work their way through the business of boxing?
Do it the right way. Fundamentals and conditioning are paramount in developing into a fighter that can compete in MN and nationally. Also, I see too many fighters from MN fighting guys that are overmatched and do nothing to help you improve. Fighting guys that have no business even being in the ring will leave you in for a big surprise when you take your 1st big step up.
Part 2 of this Q & A next week… We get into his November 17 fight… MNBoxingLeague on Facebook.