Peter Quillin looking for his third straight win against Caleb Truax since losing to Daniel Jacobs!
This super middleweight match-up is an excellent opportunity for the winner to put himself in contention to possibly challenge for a world title. Peter Quillin has only fought three times in the last four years since losing to then WBA regular champion Daniel Jacobs.
Caleb Truax was riding high in December of 2017 after defeating former IBF super middleweight James DeGale. Four months later, Truax would go on to relinquish the belt back to DeGale. Truax has fought once since and needs a quality win to position himself for a shot at a contender.
This fight will answer a lot of questions regarding both fighters. Quillin should be the favorite but, considering his inactivity combined with the urgency of Truax, this fight is truly a “pick’em”.
Keys to Victory: Peter Quillin
Strategically, Quillin’s game plan is simple. He needs to work off his jab, avoid becoming too flatfooted, and make Truax feel that right-hand whenever he attempts to force an exchange. If the former middleweight champion still has his stamina, he should be able to pull off the victory.
Keys to Victory: Caleb Truax
For Caleb Truax, his path to victory is to use his activity and pressure to keep Quillin busy. If Truax is able to use his head movement and footwork to close distance against Quillin, he can push the pace of the fight to a victory. The former super middleweight champion will look to duplicate his strategy that he utilized against James DeGale.
This is a tough fight to predict due to each fighters’ intangibles, but the safe pick is Peter Quillin. In the rock-paper-scissors of styles, punchers tend to have the advantage. The expectation here is that Quillin should be able to control the fight with his jab and his power.
By: Corey Cunningham