What to watch for: Caleb Truax will try to make a statement against tough veteran Antwun Echols. Echols lost to Phil Williams by 7th-round TKO a year ago, and Truax hopes to up the ante in his new rivalry with Williams by outperforming Williams, against Echols. Jon Schmidt makes a bold move by fighting 6-1 Josh Crouch, his first obviously risky opponent since he took on then-undefeated Tim Taggart two years ago. Schmidt is recognized for two things: his vivid forearm tattoos and the fact that he’s a male nurse. Going to 10-1 by beating an opponent like Crouch would be a big step toward adding color to his personal image, which is currently two shades of nondescript. Corey Rodriguez and Charles Meier put their identical 4-1 records on the line in a bout that favors Rodriguez. Rodriguez has told Jesse Kelley of http://www.minnesotaboxing.com that this fight will be campaigned at the odd catchweight of 158#. Heads up, Minnesota – here’s your next opportunity to see rising star Ismail Muwendo! The young Ugandan fighting out of north Minneapolis faces Juan Baltierrez, a 25-year old brawler who hasn’t won a prizefight in seven years. Ever-dangerous journeyman Hector Orozco gets a rematch with hot prospect Danny Figueroa of Hastings. And Vincente Alfaro, fresh of a March decision of former Olympian Ronnie Siler in Detroit, looks to victimize Jake Backus for the second time – the first fight between the two resulted in a four round sweep for Alfaro back in October.
Caleb Truax (14-0-1 with 9 kayos) -vs- Antwun Echols (32-12-4 with 28 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 10 rounds
Jon Schmidt (9-1 with 6 kayos) -vs- Josh Crouch (6-1 with 6 kayos), light middleweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
Corey Rodriguez (4-1 with 3 kayos) -vs- Charles Meier (4-1 with 2 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
Ismail Muwendo (5-0 with 4 kayos) -vs- Juan Baltierrez (2-2 with 1 kayo), super featherweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
Hector Orozco (2-5 with no kayos) -vs- Danny Figueroa (3-0 with 2 kayos), welterweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
Vincente Alfaro (2-0 with no kayos) -vs- Jake Backus (0-1), super bantamweights, scheduled for 4 rounds