Truax Hopes To Get Word on DeGale Rematch After Holidays

By Michael Woods

Not all that much has changed since Caleb Truax came back to Minnesota the proud owner of the IBF super middleweight title.

Asked to offer what’s different now, Truax told very little.

“Honestly, man, there hasn’t been a change in every-day life,” the 34 year old who holds a 29-3-2 mark told me. “I just go about my business like I always do. Maybe it hasn't set in yet? Not sure.”


“IT” is the fact that he messed up some well laid plans set by fighter James DeGale (23-2-1; age 31) and promoter Frank Warren, who thought they’d invited a “stay busy” sort to England for a Dec. 9 rust-shedder.

“I’ve had to turn down a lot of free drink offers, though. I can get used to that,” Truax, 2-2 in his last four preceding,  said, chuckling.

But this is a pro’s pro, who won’t be taking advantage of that one perk advanced by charmed neighbors. Because he knows it’s time to capitalize on the upset special, one of the ten top most shockers in the pugilism sphere this year.

Some of the bookies in the UK had Truax listed as a 100-1 underdog, but he managed to hurt DeGale badly in the fifth round and never took his foot off the gas. After twelve rounds, Truax walked away with a majority decision win over DeGale and the IBF title.

Any idea on what’s next?

“Talk of a rematch, but I'm not sure,” Truax said.  “I’ll let them sort it out and hope to know something after the holidays. I’m 100% open to it. Just pay me,” he stated, spoken like a true pro’s pro.

Warren recently told BoxingScene that a rematch with Truax will be pursued in 2018, while the existence of a rematch clause was confirmed.

Both Truax and DeGale are advised by Al Haymon.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by slimPickings on 12-22-2017

"Just pay me ... " About sums it up!! Especially at his age. He certainly messed up the apple cart. Note to young fighters. NEVER look past an underdog!!!

Comment by john l on 12-22-2017

[QUOTE=Sparked_26;18355310]I suspect Eddie Hearn would give him more cash than free agent Degale and Fielding is pure domestic level but I understand Al Haymon manages both Truax and Degale. Sort of bad timing really. Callum Smith or Eubank Jr would…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 12-22-2017

[QUOTE=john l;18355276]No he should just go for big payday.He could lose to Fielding(not sayin 4 sure)but its possible.He can be beat by any rated fighter.He should just sit back and let somone overpay him for title like Charles Martin.I like…

Comment by john l on 12-22-2017

[QUOTE=Sparked_26;18355250]Probably but he deserves it for winning a title. If I was him I'd try and fight Rocky Fielding or something and then Degale again. He could base himself here really.[/QUOTE] No he should just go for big payday.He could…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 12-22-2017

[QUOTE=john l;18355210]I think he will be overpaid if no rematch clause.They will be bidding with eachother to get that belt.[/QUOTE] Probably but he deserves it for winning a title. If I was him I'd try and fight Rocky Fielding or…

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