By Jesse Kelley
Photo by Jesse Kelley
“Golden” Caleb Truax (15-0-1, 9 KOs) stayed unbeaten Friday night in Saint Paul, MN by winning a unanimous decision over veteran Antwun Echols (32-13-4, 28 KOs). Truax controlled the first three rounds with thudding combinations to the head and body. Echols got himself into the fight during the middle rounds, wearing on Truax with uppercuts and body shots in clinches and on breaks. Echols was competitive throughout but looked happy to just be competitive as he mostly looked to land a fight ending punch. Truax was able to stay a step ahead of Echols each round with combination punches. Scores read 97-93, 99-91, 98-92 in favor of Truax.
The middleweight co-feature between Jon Schmidt (9-1) and Josh Crouch (6-1) ended in a no contest. A head clash left a huge gash over Schmidt’s left eye in the third which led to the stoppage in the fourth after the ring doctor called an end to the fight. The ending was unfortunate because the evenly matched bout was getting very heated at the time.
Ismail Muwendo (6-0, 5 KOs) stopped Juan Baltierrez (2-2-2, 1 KO) in the third round. Muwendo’s power and speed were too much for Baltierrez, who hung tough before being dropped with power shots to the head. The end came at 1:41 of the third.
Corey Rodriguez (4-1-1, 3 KOs) and Charles Meier (4-1-1, 2 KOs) fought to a highly entertaining six round majority draw. Rodriguez sent Meier crashing to the floor behind an overwhelming power attack in round one and seemed on his way to victory. Meier came back nicely and recovered in the second round behind a stiff jab and side to side movement. Rodriguez never stopped coming forward with heavy punches on the inside while Meier answered with big head shots. Meier stunned Rodriguez with a countering right to the jaw that put him down to the canvas in round 5. Both fighters traded for most of the remaining bout. Scores read 57-56 for Rodriguez, and 56-56 twice.
Vicente Alfaro (3-0) outworked Jake Backus (0-2) in another entertaining matchup of speedy punchers. Alfaro began to find his range in the second half of the four rounder, dropping Backus once and earning the win. Scores read 39-37, 38-37 for Alfaro and 39-38 for Backus Hector Orozco (3-5-2, 2 KOs) evened the score with Danny Figueroa (4-1, 2 KOs) winning a split decision in a rematch . The bout was an all action, back and forth slugfest. Scores read 39-38, 39-37 for Orozco and 38-38.