Story and photos by Jesse Kelly
“Golden” Caleb Truax (20-1-1, 12 KOs) turned in a lopsided and dominant performance in Saturday night’s main event at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul, MN. Truax battered Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-17, 12 KOs) to the body and eventually stopped him in round 4. Truax predicted before the fight that he would take Walker out with body shots and that is precisely what he did. From the opening bell, Truax, 29, popped Walker’s head back with his jab and then followed up with left and rights to the body. Walker showed guts by hanging in there but was having trouble keeping himself in the fight by the third round. Truax landed two left hooks to the liver in the beginning of the fourth round that appeared to take everything out of Walker. Walker continued to survive until the closing seconds of the round. A hard right uppercut by Truax snapped Walkers head back and a delayed reaction brought Walker to a knee. Walker barely made it to his feet by the count of 9 and referee Mark Nelson stopped the bout with Walker still looking hurt. The official time was 2:59 of the fourth round.
Cerresso Fort (14-0-1, 10 KOs) defeated Brandon Baue (12-8, 10 KOs) by an 8 round unanimous decision. Fort held the upper hand during most of the action by boxing and stalking his opponent. Baue clowned, danced, and made faces every time Fort busted him to the head and body. Baue had no interest in winning a boxing match as he was out skilled, but attempted to catch Fort off guard with wild haymakers just after Fort went on the attack. The strategy left Baue swollen and cut but it paid off momentarily in round four. A hard countering shot to the head dazed Fort. Baue chased after Fort and tried to land another meaningful punch but was unable to sneak in anything significant. By the end of the round Fort was smiling and returning fire in a way that showed he was no longer hurt. Fort regained control of the bout from the fifth round on as Baue faded more and more. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 79-73 for Fort who remains unbeaten.
Jon Schmidt (11-1, 6 KOs) had a successful return after nearly 2 years out of the ring. Schmidt comfortably outboxed Missouri’s Keith Collins (4-20, 2 KOs) over 6 rounds of action. Collins showed a good chin and slippery defense at times but offered no offense to compliment those skills. Schmidt took the first round to get back into the swing of things and coasted with a workman like performance from the second round on. Scores read 60-54 on all three judges cards for Schmidt.
Travis Perzynski (2-1, 1 KO) shocked Tyler Hultin (3-1-1, 2 KOs) and most of the fans in the arena with a unanimous decision win over four rounds. Many picked this to be the fight of the night heading in and that is what it turned out to be. Perzynski, an MMA fighter by trade, showed great poise and strength from the get go. Both fighters stood and banged with success in each round but Perzynski was able to land a number of hard right hands, specifically uppercuts that eventually opened things up for a near finish. Perzynski dropped Hultin just as the final bell sounded to ensure the victory. Scores read 39-36, 39-36, 38-37 for Perzynski.
Charles Meier (6-2-2, 3 KOs) stopped Bruce Johnson (0-3-1) in the third round. Meier punished Johnson throughout but as usual, Johnson absorbed the shots and gamely fought back. A right hand from the hips put Johnson down in round three where he was counted out by referee Scott Erickson. Official time was :42 of round three.
Heavyweight Serhiy Karpenko (7-2, 5 KOs) stopped Dakota Talbott (0-4) in the second round in the nights opener. Talbott was not intimidated by KarpenKOs size or record and went punch for punch with the Ukranian. Karpenko scored a flash knockdown in the first and got the stoppage win when he trapped Talbott along the ropes and landed unanswered punches. Referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off at 2:13 of round two.