By Jesse Kelley
Super middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax (13-0) stopped Patrick Perez (25-7) of New Jersey last night at the Armory in Saint Paul, MN. It was a back and forth slug-fest with Truax landing hard uppercuts while Perez’s right hand found its target often. Truax had a small lead through the early rounds but, appeared to be fading in the fifth as Perez took over with continuous pressure and body shots. Truax stormed back in the sixth and seventh rounds however as he flipped the pressure on Perez. A hard right uppercut to the head followed by two head punches left Perez helpless along the ropes in the seventh round where referee Mark Nelson stopped the action at 1:42.
In other action, lightweight Ismail Muwendo (4-0) stopped game Bradley Buckley (0-1) at 1:26 of the first round. Buckley traded with Muwendo early but was caught with a hard three punch combination to the head where he was dropped and counted out.
Charles Meier (3-1) defeated Nate Wilkes (2-18) of Indiana at 1:40 of the fourth round. The bout featured heated action as Meier’s superior conditioning outlasted Wilkes. A barrage of hard head shots dropped Wilkes to the floor hard at 1:40 of the fourth round where he was counted out.
Lightweight Jeremy McLaurin (5-0, 4 KOs) destroyed Randi Ronchi (0-1) at :56 of the opening round. A hard right hand to the head sent Ronchi to the floor where he was unable to continue.
Super middleweight Brian Cohen (13-2) beat Hector Ramirez’s (14-49) body like a drum for two rounds before Mark Nelson stopped the contest after Ramirez’s second trip to the canvas at :32 of round two.
Cruiserweight Ed Perry (14-4) used a body attack of his own in stopping James Morrow (10-12) by TKO at 2:23 of the third round in a battle of Indiana fighters.