Local boxing prospects Caleb Truax (13-0 with 9 kayos) and Jeremy McLaurin (5-0 with 4 kayos) head to California this week to train among elite company.
Truax tells me that he’s looking forward to two things: “In camp, Otis Griffin and Yusuf Mack are going to be there…it would be good to spar with Yusuf Mack. I’ve seen him fight a few times. Otis Griffin, too. Both of those guys are bigger than me, so they might push me around a little bit. But it should be a good opportunity.” Then, “A couple of times during the week we’re going to go down to Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym [in Hollywood] to spar. I don’t know who’s going to be there, but Roach has some guys there who have records about like mine or better.” Indeed, Vanes Martirosyan (25-0), Craig McEwan (16-0), Peter Manfredo Jr (32-6), and Kingsley Ikeke (26-3) are just a few of the high-profile Truax-size fighters under Roach’s care.
Says McLaurin, “I’m going out the 20th and staying for a week or two. I’m not sure how long I’ll be out there, but I’m going to make the most of the situation and come back and smash people. Just to have the opportunity to be out there with big name, world-class fighters and train at a higher altitude, you have to strike while the iron is hot!”
Both fighters are expected to compete October 17 at the St Paul Armory, though their opponents have not yet been named. The October 17 show is promoted by Tony Grygelko of Seconds Out Promotions.