Truax & Qullin Go From Sparring Partners To Opponents
April 13th is a packed night of boxing, as Peter Qullin and Caleb Truax battle in an IBF super middleweight title eliminator.
The fight between former world champions will happen on FS1 from the Armory in Minneapolis, in the headlining fight.
Just becoming a father, Qullin is focused on inspiring others on Saturday night and spreading a positive message.
“My wife just had a daughter, and that’s been my biggest motivation all training camp,” Quillin told reporters on Thursday. “I’m fighting for my family, not just myself. I’m hoping to inspire people who see my story and realize it’s not just about the fight, but about what we’re fighting for. I’m here to spread a positive message.
“When we’re in that ring, all I’m going to see is Caleb Truax, nothing else matters. I’m very fortunate to be here and have the chance to display my skills. He has to look good in front of his fans, and I’m just here to give the fans a good fight. There’s no pressure to do anything extra.
The two title contenders are familiar with one another, as they were sparring partners earlier in their careers. “When I sparred Caleb I remember I knocked his headgear off and it flew across the ring, that’s the only thing I really remember from that,” the former world champion told the press in Minneapolis. “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.
“I have a very determined opponent and I’m fighting in his backyard. It’s a tough fight for both of us. I have to put my authority down on this fight and control it. It’s going to be hard with all his fans in there, but what I’ve always done is take negative circumstances, and turn them into positives.”
As for Minnesota native Truax, he looks back at their sparring experience a little differently.
“Peter and I sparred a long time ago, back in 2012. I came away feeling confident that if we ever fought, I’d be able to get the job done,” Truax explained. “I don’t remember much of the specifics, but I felt confident from the experience. At the same time, I’m expecting an even better Peter Quillin on Saturday night and that’s what I trained for.
“The stakes are high for this fight. Whoever wins hopefully gets a crack at the title. It’s going to be tough for the loser to bounce back. If I want to keep fighting I have to leave Saturday with my hand raised.
“It’s a thrill to be in this fight and have it here at The Armory in front of my hometown fans. I saw the support that (fellow Minnesota-native) Jamal James got for his last fight, and I’m expecting more of that on Saturday. It’s going to be special and I’m going to take advantage.”
Peter Quillin and Caleb Truax battle in a 12-round IBF Super Middleweight title eliminator that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Saturday, April 13 from The Armory in Minneapolis, beginning 10 pm est.