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August 27, 2013

By Benny Henderson Jr.

Coming up Steptember 21st, at the Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Caleb Truax (22-1-1 with 13 KOs) will face off against crosstown rival Cerresso Fort (17-1-1 with 11 KOs), in a twelve-round middleweight match-up. Truax's only loss came at the hands of former world champion Jermain Taylor, and even in that fight, Truax had Taylor down in the ninth round. In his most recent outing, Caleb beat down Donovan George in six rounds on ESPN2. Now, the twenty-nine year old wants to put on another entertaining performance that will pave his way to a world championship opportunity. In this exclusive interview, Truax speaks out on his latest victory, his upcoming bout and more.

Benny Henderson Jr.: Before we get to what is coming up for you, I want to first congratulate you on your victory over tough-as-nails, Donovan George. Give the readers your thoughts on that victory.

Caleb Truax: Thank you. The victory over George was important in establishing myself as player in the middleweight division. I didn't expect the fight to be so one-sided because of his resume, but I think the KO made my win that more impressive.

BH:  You are slated to face Osumanu Adama on September 21st. He has some wins over some solid opposition, even some losses to some some very credible fighters. What can you tell us about your upcoming opponent, and what kind of fight are you expecting this to be?

CT: No...  I was originally slated to face Adama, but now I'm fighting Cerresso Fort (17-1). It will be a local rivalry fight with Fort being from St Paul, MN and the crowd should be loud and rowdy! I expect Fort to put up a good fight, but I believe I am the better fighter and will come away with the win.

BH: This will be your third straight fight in what is basically your backyard. How does fighting at home affect you? I mean, for some fighters it adds a lot of pressure to produce successful results in front of their hometown fans. And for others, it makes them hungrier to perform better. Which is it for you?

CT: I love fighting at home. My family, friends, and fans all show me show much love and it really does pick me up to fight in Minnesota. It does add a bit of pressure because you always want to perform in front of your people, but I feed off the pressure and expectations and it makes me that much sharper on fight night.

BH:  Where do you feel you stand in the middleweight division?

CT: I feel I can compete with anyone in the middleweight division. It's just up to me to beat whoever is put in front of me and work my way to a title fight within a few fights.

BH:  If you could send a message out to your opponent, using as a platform, what would that message be?

CT: I respect him, but he picked the wrong time to step up and challenge me. I wont let anyone get in my way as I move up the ladder. I'm a class above him and it will show from the opening bell on Sept 21st.

BH:  Anything in closing?

CT: Thank you for your time. Thanks to all my family, friends, and fans in Minnesota and everywhere for the continued support. And be sure to come out to the Minneapolis Convention Center 9/21 because I will put on a show!

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