Caleb “Golden” Truax takes his undefeated record (18-0-1, 10 KOs) into the ring tonight against the recently unretired Jermain Taylor. A decided underdog, Truax is widely considered just a stepping stone on Taylor’s comeback trail. That consideration is correct.
Here are three main reasons why:
Golden’s Opponent History Isn’t Much More Impressive Than Yours or Mine
Have you ever heard of Phil Williams or the immortal Andy Kolle?
Truax’s opponent history is littered with washed-up professionals (who were mediocre even in their prime) and regional fighters from the Minnesota area.
His most notable victory very well may be against Jonathon Reid, who starred in the reality show The Contender. Reid didn’t win the show. In fact, he lost in the first round. However, he was on television.
That's something, I suppose.
Truax Was Not Even Taylor’s Desired Opponent
After Bad Intentions’ December victory against another club fighter, Jessie Nicklow, his promoters wanted him to face a better opponent to really prove that Taylor was back and as competitive as ever.
Their target was Joachim Alcine, but that matchup fell through and they quickly filled it with Truax.
Truax is considered to be on Nicklow’s level, maybe even a notch below. If that is the case, there is no reason to think that Taylor can’t dispatch Truax with the same relative ease that he defeated Nicklow.
Bad Intentions' Weakness Will Not Be Exploited
Taylor suffered three knockouts in the span of five fights before originally retiring in 2009.
The suggestion was that he has a weak chin and a powerful opponent would pose major problems for him.
Jake LaMotta he is not.
Luckily (or is it?), Truax is not a man capable of exploiting that. Truax isn’t even really capable of using his left hand with any sort of efficiency.
If Truax becomes too predictable, Taylor’s well-rounded fighting style should not have much of a problem making quick work of him.