Caleb Truax (left), Courtesy SnapLocally.com
Minnesota’s own version of last man standing has been going strong over the last year and “Golden” Caleb Truax isn’t going to miss his chance at entering the mix. The last 13 months have been filled with the best MN fighters going after each other in an effort to separate from the rest. Well, April 23 will be the next installment of BIG MN vs MN fights. “Golden” Caleb Truax(14,0) will be taking on one of Minnesota’s most dangerous punchers in Phil “The Drill” Williams (11,3). Truax took some time to answer a few questions about his fight with The Drill as well as some other topics below.
M….I know you had to take a little time away from boxing because of the cut you suffered in your last fight in November, how are you feeling?
Truax….I feel great! I’ve had plenty of time to prepare for this fight and have had no problems with my eye. I’m ready to get busy!
M….Your fight with Kerry Hope was great! What are your thoughts on that fight now?
Truax….I think it was a great learning experience for me. I had to push myself in a hard 10rd fight with a good opponent.
M….I have become accustom to seeing your name on various magazines and websites, how does it feel to be getting some out of state attention?
Truax….I don’t pay too much attention to all that stuff. It obviously helps with exposure but you know what they say, don’t read your own headlines.
M….Last I heard, your fight with Phil Williams will be at 164lbs max, what weight do you see your future at in boxing?
M….There are a few fighters here in Minnesota who have a large vocal following. You are one of those guys, what do you think has helped you get such great fans?
Truax….Well alot of those people you hear screaming at my fights aren’t my fans, they’re my friends I grew up with who still support me today. As far as my fans go I think I’m just a people person. I’m very approachable and treat people with respect and I get that respect and support in return.
M….I have heard rumbles from fans who would like to see you fight Matt Vanda. I know you guys not only share a gym, but also have the same trainer, is this a fight that just cant happen?
Truax….Matt is a great dude and has helped me tremendously with my career, that being said, I think its a fight that could happen soon. We’ve talked about it with one another and both agree that if it makes $$$, it makes sense.
M….Your fight with The Drill was on many fans wish lists, were you involved in making it or were you told he was the man you would be fighting?
Truax….I wanted a big in-state fight and Kost and Kolle didn’t work out and we knew Phil would step up so Tony G put it together.
M….What are your thoughts on Phil Williams? Will he be the biggest puncher you have been in with to date?
Truax….I have nothing but respect for Phil because thats all he has shown me. I know his power is nothing to under estimate and I guess we’ll see on the 23rd if he’s the most powerful I’ve been in with.
M….What sort of fight are you expecting April 23?
Truax….I expect to control the fight. This is my 1st fight fight in a while in which I know exactly what to expect coming in. No opponent changes, plenty of film to watch. I’ve prepared well and am ready for Phil.
M….Do you have your sites set on any road fights in the near future?
Truax….Right now we are building up steam here in MN and trying to grow my fan base so I don’ mind if I have more fights here at home. I definitely would like to get back on the road in the near future though.
M….How would you describe your relationship with your trainer Ron Lyke?
Truax…..(Ron-manager, Tom Halstad-trainer, Jim Maurine-cutman)
I have a tight relationship with my entire team. I have been with everyone I am with today since day 1. I think its rare in boxing that a fighter trusts and is friends with his entire team. Ron is my manager and I trust him to lead my career in the right direction as he has so far. Tom Halstad is my trainer and I feel the same way about him. Along with my cutman/punching bag Jim Maurine and promoter Tony G, we are all ready to take this thing to the next level.
M…. Where do you expect to see yourself a year from now in your boxing career?
Truax….Unbeaten and becoming a household name in MN sports.
M…. Thanks for giving us some time, is there anything you would like to add?
Truax….Thank you for your time and to all my friends and fans: thank you and come check me out April, 23 at the Saint Paul Armory. It will be a great fight!
“Golden” Caleb Truax vs Phil “The Drill” Williams, Friday, April 23, St. Paul Armory.
Here are some prior interviews we have had with Caleb Truax.
4-1-09 Caleb Truax
9-19-09 Caleb Truax