Outside the Ring with Caleb Truax
As an amateur boxer, Caleb “Golden” Truax had a record of 21-8. In 2006 he held the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves and USA Boxing State Championships. He was still having fun attending the University of Minnesota, and didn’t really have the desire to go pro. He was hitting his stride and set his sights on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
But that dream was not meant to be.
When the story came out about Truax competing in a tough guy competition before his amateur career began, he was quickly ruled ineligible for the Olympics. He was left with two choices: quit boxing or go pro.
Truax weighed his options and discussed things with his family and his team. He says they all were very supportive.
“I made good decisions so they trusted me. My mom still gets nervous and doesn’t like watching me though. She watches with her face behind her hands.” But in the end they were in his corner, and so a pro career was born.
On April 6th, 2007 Truax debuted against southpaw Ray Walker, cementing his future in pro boxing by defeating Walker by TKO in the second round. Golden would go on to a 25-2-2 record, ranked ninth in the U.S.
When asked about the toughest guy he’s ever boxed, Truax doesn’t hesitate long before answering either fellow Minnesotan Matt “The Predator” Vanda or Australian Kerry Hope.
“Matt’s one of the toughest SOB’s I’ve ever fought, he’s my buddy though. When I started, I watched him at first. He was my training partner for a while in the gym. He helped me a lot, sparring and advice, how he trained, and just watching him—how a veteran did stuff. Hope was my first ten-round fight. He was in very good condition and pushed me to the brink, in my face the whole time. Neither was the best I’ve faced, but they pushed me to my limits and made me be my best.”
Vanda and Hope should take that as a compliment.
Truax likes to keep things modest. Although he’s boxed in many different venues, he favors the convention center in Minneapolis and the St Paul Armory, where he cut his teeth.
“It’s kind of old and grimy, like something you’d see in the movie Rocky. It’s a shitty venue, but it’s a cool place to have fights.”
Don’t take it personal, Armory representatives; focus on the fact that you’re his favorite.
Truax found himself the underdog going into his match against Don “Da Bomb” George. He looks back on the fight as a highlight of his career. He recalls that everyone was telling him George was going to beat him up. Truax chuckled a bit as he said he “beat George up pretty good”. A TKO in round six leads me to believe he’s correct.
He doesn’t have any regrets, though, when it comes to his fights. Truax says he always felt prepared, and never took a fight he didn’t think he could win. When discussing his toughest loss, his last match against Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, he does feel that he could’ve done better, calling it an off night. It was for the WBA Middleweight Championship and Truax lost by TKO in the final round.
Something tells me we haven’t heard the last of the Osseo, Minnesota native. He refers to boxing as a young man’s sport, not wanting to stick around and take unnecessary hits. He says he’ll box as long as he can be successful and healthy; trusting himself and his trainers to know when that time is up. And what comes next? He says he’ll probably stick around—get married and have kids, and a 9-5.
I think I speak for all Minnesota boxing fans when I say I hope that is not too soon.
Stay Golden, Caleb, stay Golden.
Author: Roxanne Wilmes
Roxanne is a freelance writer, author, ghostwriter, and avid boxing fan. She first met Chuck Horton when she ran his wife’s campaign for MN House of Representatives. Past experiences have led her to be a strong advocate for anti-bullying and substance abuse issues. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or @rocketwilmes on Twitter.