For 17 years Matt Vanda has been Minnesota’s most electrifying fighter and biggest draw. Win, lose, or draw, the fans were getting their money’s worth. Saturday night, in Vanda’s final fight, he brought the crowd, action, will, determination, and everything you’d expect from The Predator for 10 full rounds…. Vanda clearly did not come to just say goodbye, he came to end things with a victory… But “Golden” Caleb Truax had other plans.. On a night of great action, capped off by Truax/Vanda, the main event was also the fight of the night. Michael Faulk proved many, myself included, that he can bring the boom and excitement as he surprised most with a thrilling KO of crowd favorite Jon Schmidt…. It may have been the only stoppage of the evening, but it would be worthy of KO of the night on many a card….Follow MNBoxingLeague on Twitter. and MNBoxingLeague on Facebook.
Caleb Truax over Matt Vanda by UD in 10…… The scores from the judges had it as close as 2 points and as far as 9… I was too busy enjoying the great action to score for myself other than having Truax ahead in rounds… This was one of those rare local match-ups where the crowd was proud and loud for both fighters, every round ending with people standing and cheering on both men.. Vanda came determined and ready to rumble!! He attacked in every round… Equally impressive was Truax doing the same thing… This was the dance all had hoped for but some did not see coming… While Truax clearly won, Vanda did not lose.. As the rounds pilled up, so did Caleb Truax’s lead, but each round was its own fight and it lasted all 10, no breaks, no rounds off, just action, sweat and work… Both fighters hurt each other and both came right back to the middle of the ring… In the end, Truax’s size and skill won the fight. But they both won the night, frankly, the fans were the biggest winners of all, this was one of, if not the best all action MN vs MN fight I have witnessed… Again, I don’t want to take away from Truax’s victory… He won, he deserved to win, and he was impressive.. He just keeps getting better and there is little doubt in peoples minds that big things are on the horizon for Golden Truax… Very fitting way for Vanda’s career to end and Truax to take the lead and carry the torch going forward…
Charles Meier over Travis Perzynski by MD in 8…. This too was a war, both fighters hit the mat and both came back swinging… Very close fight, and with the knock-downs canceling each other out, I had Meier’s superior boxing skill win a close one… Great fight and on most nights, fight of the night… Love to watch both guys again!
Mohammed Kayongo over Gilbert Venagas by UD in 6…. This was a war from start to finish, another great action packed fight… Kayongo’s ring rust was there, as I think if more active this would have been an easier night for him. Fortunately for Kayongo, he can also bang and thats what it took to get the W.
Mike Faulk over Jon Schmidt by first round TKO…. Wow! I have been hard on Faulk and his style… Big ups to Faulk and the boom he DOES have…. As most, I expected Faulk to use his solid defense and pick and choose his spots. Well, Faulk let fly and caught Schmidt flush, and that was that… Schmidt proudly got to his feet but was unable to continue… Hope to see both fighters in action again soon…
Tony Lee over Leonard Overstreet by UD in 4….. It took Lee all 4 rounds, but he was the better fighter.. This victory seems to pave the way for Lee vs McLaurin…
Kenneth Glenn over Damion Hill by UD in 4…. This was a fun fight and I to had Glenn the victor…
Jeremy McLaurin over Dewyane Wisdom by UD in 4…. I was told before the fight that Wisdom may pull off an upset here.. He did not, but he gave McLaurin all the work he wanted. Wisdom bullied his way inside and tried to stay there all 4 rounds. McLaurin used superior boxing skill and landed the more precise punches, but Wisdom was there all fight and he too landed… I hate four round fights, very hard to score… I had McLaurin winning close fight. This looks to lead in to McLaurin vs Lee….
Here is the full card and weights. Caleb Truax gets his shot at one Minnesota boxing’s legends. Matt Vanda was never offered a fight he didnt take… Unlike traditional boxing in Minnestoa, Vanda fought all local comers…. And not waiting until they were too old or making them move up several weight classes. He is a fighters fighter and the list of his Minnesota foes is a who’s who of Minnesota boxing; Troy Lowry, Anthony Bonsante, Kenny Kost, Andy Kolle x 2, Phil Williams…. He’s also been in there with some of the worlds best; Campas x 2, Chavez Jr. x 2, John Duddy, Manfredo Jr., Marco Antonio Rubio…. Vanda won some and lost some but was always there to fight. His fighting spirit is what is all too often lost in boxing… People will never wonder what might have happened if Vanda fought so and so from Minnesota, because he did!!! Caleb Truax seems to be following in the same pattern, he’s taken on Phil Williams twice, Andy Kolle, and has been taking on tough fights for the majority of his carreer…. Tonight we get to see past and present… Most are picking Truax to get a pretty easy victory, but never count out experience and Vanda’s toughness… We are huge fans of both fighters and don’t expect anything other than a great show for the fans…. Follow MNBoxingLeague on Twitter. and MNBoxingLeague on Facebook.
I was late in trying to get an interview with Vanda, but here is what he did tell me..
When asked why Caleb Truax (20,1,1) for his last fight? Matt Vanda (44,14) responded…”Why Caleb, they called me out.. They asked for the fight and now they’re going to get it” Truax and Vanda meet this Saturday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center…
Below is Mr Aaron “Gorilla” Green (8,0) and RJ “T-Rex” Laase (9,1).. This is their last week of camp… They both fight on the Kolle/Fort undercard January 25…
Mr. Caleb Truax was kind enough to do a quick Q & A with us on short notice… This coming Saturday night brings together Minnesota’s two biggest draws and just might be the meeting of boxing’s past with its future… For a decade Minnesota boxing and Matt Vanda have gone hand and hand… He has been apart of the majority of Minnesota’s biggest events for a quite some time… Wars with Bonsante, Kaos Kolle among others. He’s brought media attention to our state with some major national fights and almost always has answered that final bell. Saturday, Caleb Truax plans to put an end to an era… Golden Truax has built his own following and brings energy to every show he is on… His fans and presence are only rivaled by The Predator, and Truax can not wait to show all how far he has come since fighting in Vanda’s shadow… Click here for tickets..
Truax….You’re right, I don’t need any extra motivation for a fight. It sells tickets and it’s fun to go back and forth with an opponent, especially when you know that the only reason your opponent is talking is to convince himself he actually has a chance to compete with me in the ring… He doesn’t.
There are varying accounts of the sparring you and Vanda had while both of you worked under Ron Lyke, do you see all that time spent together as a plus or minus leading into Saturday’s showdown?
Truax….Sparring with Matt helped me tremendously as I progressed through the pro ranks. That was a long time ago, I can’t wait to show him what I’ve learned since we last boxed.
What will this week be like for you? How does your camp wind down?
Truax….This week will consist of light work and strategy. I want to let my body recover after a hard training camp and be in top form for Saturday night.
Does this feel like the biggest fight of your young career?
If you were not fighting on this card, what fights would you be most interested in Saturday night?
Truax….There are a lot of interesting fights on the card. I have my eye on the Lee and MacLaurin fights because they may fight in the near future. Also Schmidt vs Faulk is a fun fight because I know both guys and their differing styles should make for a good scrap. Meier vs Perzynski could be a war!
Matt Vanda has stated numerous times that this will be it for him. Is that in any way an honor?
Truax….He’s had a long, memorable career and I’m glad the fight could be made before he hung up the gloves for good. Not sure if honor is the right word.
Have you gotten all that you wanted out of this camp?
Truax….Camp was excellent. I got great work from all types of different guys. Schmidt, Meier, Kayongo, Laase, and 30 rds last week from Derrick Findley from Chicago.
How will Truax/Vanda end?
Truax….With my arm being raised in victory for the 21st time.
Thank you for taking the time, is there anything you would like to add?
Truax….Thanks to my team for a great camp, thanks to The League for the time, and thanks to my family, friends, and fans for all the support. Come out this Sat because it’s going to be a night MN boxing won’t forget!
Verbal barbs have begone to be slung by Caleb Truax (20,1,1) and Matt Vanda (44,14) as their showdown approaches… They fight January 19 at the Minneapolis Convention Center at 165 pounds…
Things seemed to start heating up when Truax said in a video podcast that he expects to to finish off Matt Vanda before the 8th round of their fight, even saying he’d be disappointed if he didn’t finish off Vanda before the final bell.
Those comments may have spurned on Vanda’s FB post….
Matt Vanda… ” I gotta spar 12 rounds today. I’m kicking your mother$%#^& ass on the 19th. You know who you are. You’re &%$#@ delusional thinking your gonna beat me…”
Former NFL player and Viking, Ray Edwards has been added to an already stacked January 25 card… Andy “Kaos” Kolle (25,3) and Cerresso Fort (14,0,1) have been working their butts off through this past holiday season and continue to. Fort is in Vegas getting top notch sparring and working Mayweather Sr., in his prep for his toughest test to date.. Kaos Kolle and coach Jason Hendrickson have been putting the miles in traveling all over MN and ND getting work done! Aaron Green and RJ Laase are fighting their stiffest competition to date on this card as well.
Word is that Robert Brant’s hand was not as bad as thought after his fight Saturday, and he will be fighting Feb 9 in Saint Paul. More on this card in the coming days and weeks.
Also February 9, in Fargo ND, it looks like Tyler “The Hitman” Hultin will get his first main event and first showing as a pro near home. Much more on this in the coming days..
According to MinnesotaBoxing.com it sounds like all table’s and most VIP tickets have been sold for Caleb Truax vs Matt Vanda! With the way tickets are moving for this show it could be the most well attended boxing event since Anthony Bonsante and Matt Vanda met in the ring back in 2007… To get your tickets to January 19′s event at the Minneapolis Convention Center go to ofights.com…. Get yours fast, you are not going to want to miss out!
Truax and Laase were able to get some rounds in together yesterday in prep for their upcoming bouts. Golden Truax fights Matt Vanda (44,14) in the main event of January 19th’s super show promoted by Omega Presents… (tickets can be found at www.ofights.com). T-Rex will be fighting undefeated Justin Jones (5,0) January 25 on the undercard of Kolle (25,3) vs Fort (14,0,1) Promoted by RDS Boxing…..(tickets on sale soon for this show at Grand Casino Hinckley). The super shows are, well, super…
Vanda will be missed!! Vanda / Truax, January 19.