Saturday night's main event in a nationally televised boxing card at the Minneapolis Armory was marred when doctors forced the stoppage of Caleb Truax's fight when his head was split open by an accidental head butt.
Truax, the Minnesota native who lives in Osseo, was the hometown favorite in a bout against Peter Quillin, with the winner getting a shot to challenge unbeaten World Super Middleweight Champion Caleb Plant.
Early in the second round, Truax (30-4-2, 19 knockouts) and Quillin (34-1-1, 23 knockouts) smacked heads, leaving a deep gash above Truax's right eye that sent blood streaming down his face.
Ringside doctors gave Truax a chance to finish the round with hopes that his corner could fix the cut between rounds, but the doc ultimately ruled the gash too severe and the fight was ruled a no decision.
“I couldn’t see out of my right eye,” Truax said in an interview on FS1. “My left eye was fine but it was up to the doc, I guess.”
A crowd of 4,117 – a record for boxing at the Armory – waited until about midnight for the main event to start and then had to leave after witnessing just two rounds of the fight they were they waited hours to see.
“I’m very disappointed,” added Truax in the FS1 interview. “People paid for tickets and came out in full force tonight. The Armory is fantastic and I wanted to put on a good fight.”
Truax was treated afterward with a total of 18 stitches, four internal and 14 external.
He says he'll automatically be placed on a 45-day medical suspension to allow the cut to heal, and it's unclear if he'll get a rematch with Quillin to determine the next challenger for Plant.