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Truax hoped to bring DeGale rematch to Minnesota but ready for Vegas showdown

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The current fighting pride of Minnesota hoped that plans could be made to bring his rematch against the big name British fighter to his home state, but it was not to be.

Vegas will have to do for Caleb Truax.

The 34-year-old hitter pulled off a considerable upset in the eyes of many pundits when he scored a MD victory over James DeGale in December. Truax (29-3-2) didn’t think it was such a heavy upset, as he believed in his chances going into the scrap, but the fact that DeGale (23-2-1; age 32) was planning his next bout during fight week gave analysts the sense that this was a foregone conclusion.

Truax told THE RING he expects to be that much better when him and “Chunky” face off again, on April 7, at the Hard Rock hotel and casino in Las Vegas, on a bill topped by the Erislandy Lara vs. Jarrett Hurd 168-pound title consolidation tango.

“London was awesome, but the logistics are a pain,” Truax told me. “Was hoping for Minnesota but Vegas will do. They were going to do it in Minneapolis but it didn’t work out last minute.”

He had six maybe seven weeks notice and prep time for the first fight, so this time, Truax feels he can be that much sharper, with his skill set and game planning. His plan? “Go in with the same demeanor and push the pace. Be ready for new wrinkles he may throw in. It’s up to him to adjust, I just have to be ready. I have the same training crew with a hell of lot more time to scheme.”

No surprise, he’s thinking that a better version of DeGale will be there in Vegas. And he could very well be right. If DeGale was looking past Truax, then we’d think that over-looking wouldn’t be in play again.

In December, DeGale looked less sharp than we’d seen before. How much was him being sub-par and how much was it Truax being the better man?

Will DeGale again too often be passive, wait for receipts, hang in the pocket without having a plan for offense or defense? Will he again get bulled into corners, get whacked around without offering counters, let alone sharp counters, often enough?

Will Truax again be allowed to offer an array of punches, with everything getting the opportunity to work? Can DeGale this time sting Truax with lead rights, and then follow up with more urgency and effectiveness? If Truax backs out in a straight line will DeGale this time show fast enough feet to close the distance and make him pay for that? Time tells…

We’ll be on notice early looking to see if DeGale is a more dialed in version of himself in this sequel…And also if Truax, having had some months enjoying being a champ, and soaking in the confidence boosting self messaging that having won a crown allows, is himself operating on a higher plane in the re-do.


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  • ozzy

    IMO this is still too early for Degale after his shoulder surgery last year. His surgeon told him that it would probably take at least 12 months for his shoulder to recover – that means at least June not April. Degale is taking another unnecessary gamble doing this in April.

    • Giuseppe

      i can see him coming apart if he is physically not ready. danger fight. Career fight.

      • ceylon mooney

        too soon. in stead both calebs should fight each other.

        • left hook

          I really like Plant…I hope he fights for a title soon.

          • ceylon mooney

            i havent caught any a his fights yet

          • left hook

            Check it out on YouTube. Good savy skills.

          • ceylon mooney

            best fight to watch?

          • left hook

            I wouldn’t say best just yet.

          • ceylon mooney

            whats his best fight to watch?

    • D. Gambino

      What’s your sense here Ozzy? You think Truax beats DeGale again? If so, will it be more definitive?

    • Guy Grundy

      Absolutely…but let’s be straight,DeGale has been in decline for a while,culminating in that pitiful ( and at times bizarre ) performance against Truax.Frankly,I’m not sure whether there’s much left in the tank.That and the fact that his “arrogance” persists,thinking himself a cut above any other fighter in the division.Unlike some fighters who move on to another level once winning a world championship,DeGale seems to have regressed, consumed by his own perceived invincibility and superiority.The absurdity of his “performance” against Truax,casual,against the ropes,hands low,at times seemingly uninterested, is best gauged by the battering he took to his face. Hopefully that ego also took a battering and some well needed sense was knocked back into him..something he’ll need if he’s serious about getting back into the mix.

      • left hook

        Degale is an elite boxer..his performance was like that against Truax cuz he had a long lay off..do some research.

        • Guy Grundy

          Clearly the lay off contributed somewhat to his lamentable performance but you’re being rather naive to think it was the sole reason.The poor traits and attitude described in my post have been evident in DeGale’s boxing for a while ( might I suggest you “do some research” ? ). He may be still an elite boxer ( only time will tell ) but since winning a world title,I don’t think he’s improved as a fighter…and taking unnecessary risks hasn’t and won’t help.

          • left hook

            Since winning the title he has not lost until his last fight. The traits u claim are not entirely all true. Besides he has been doing some of those traits since the Olympics and he has been winning.

  • Sir Paul Burrell

    Yep, that confidence boosting self messaging that having won a crown allows is what every fighter dreams of lol

    • 60YearOldColonel

      “. If DeGale was looking past Truax, then we’d think that over-looking wouldn’t be in play again.” Jesus Christ who is this guys proof reader? Yoda?

  • chris

    in my opinion Degale peaked when he won the title and its been downhill from there,he lost to porky,lost to jack,and truax out worked him..hes too busy admiring a pretty good shot he threw then backing it up,showboat or substance ,he has one boz ticked but it would be better to have both..