Updated:
Original:

Who is Caleb Truax? A Minnesotan who just became a world boxing champion

He shocked the world with an upset win over James DeGale in London.
Author:

It barely made a splash in local or even national media over the weekend, but the name Caleb Truax is on the lips of everyone in the boxing world.

That's because the Osseo, Minnesota, native shocked the U.K. on Saturday when he beat British boxing hero James DeGale for the IBF super-middleweight title in one of the biggest upsets in the sport's history.

It was a fight Truax was never expected to win.

DeGale had enjoyed a stratospheric rise to stardom since winning Olympic gold as a middleweight in 2008, before winning the IBF title in 2015.

He was ranked as the world's best super-middleweight by The Ring magazine in May this year, and going into his fight against Truax in London, was listed as a 1-100 favorite.

Truax, on the other hand, arrived with a decent 28-3-2 record but, as The Guardian reports, had never "beaten anyone of note." He was a 30-1 underdog ahead of the fght.

Nonetheless, the 34-year-old Minnesotan triumphed on a points decision against an out-of-sorts DeGale, shocking the estimated 7,000 fans watching the bout.

Who is Caleb Truax?

Pinned to the top of Truax's Twitter page is this.

His original aim achieved, Truax's decade-long career in boxing is about to become a whole lot more lucrative now that he's a world champion.

As Premier Boxing Champions reports, Truax was actually a baseball and football star during high school in Osseo, where he grew up with his twin sister and younger brother, under the watch of his single mother.

He played football for a year at Virginia State before a knee injury ended his fledgling career, and returned home in 2003 to study at the University of Minnesota.

It was there as a 19-year-old he entered a Toughman Contest, and despite losing his first ever fight, he developed a thirst for the sport.

In 2006 he earned a sociology degree – with minors in political science and African-American studies – while making progress in the ring training under Ron Lyke, the veteran owner and head coach of the Anoka-Coon Rapids Boxing Gym.

Speaking to the Maple Grove Mag in 2010, Lyke described Truax's progression as "unreal," saying what made him stand out over other boxers was his intelligence – being one of few professional boxers to also hold a graduate degree.

He put in a series of impressive performances after turning pro, including taking former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor the distance in 2015.

But Powerline blog notes he had "never quite cracked the top echelon" of boxers, despite being ranked as one of the top 15 middleweights in the world.

In his last big fight, against Anthony Dirrell in Atlantic City, he suffered a first-round knockout.

How Truax-DeGale happened

Coming off that loss, the consensus was that Truax was being brought to England to provide some easy fodder for DeGale, who was returning to the ring 11 months after shoulder surgery.

But while a big underdog, there were signs Truax was capable of the performance he gave Saturday.

Boxing writer John Hinderaker says DeGale was never truly focused on Truax, talking more about the marquee fights he wanted to have after this bout – all the while the Minnesotan was quietly doing his research.

"I'm over the moon right now," Truax said after the fight. "I think he was overlooking me, a lot of people were overlooking me [after my last loss].

"It added fuel to the fire for me."

Next Up

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.

Wild

COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

sidecar drink

Sidecar — Town Hall's new cocktail lounge — is officially open in Minneapolis

It's the fifth Town Hall location, but the first to focus on cocktails.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.

Related

Who is Caleb Truax? A Minnesotan who just became a world boxing champion

He shocked the world with an upset win over James DeGale in London.

Minnesotan Caleb Truax's world boxing reign is over

The Osseo native lost his rematch with James DeGale on points.

Caleb Truax thought he was going to be 'robbed' by judges in world title fight

He spoke to GoMN before flying back to his home state of Minnesota.

Caleb Truax thought he was going to be 'robbed' by judges in world title fight

He spoke to GoMN before flying back to his home state of Minnesota.