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An Unsatisfactory Ending Mars the Truax-Quillin Show in Minneapolis

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  • An Unsatisfactory Ending Mars the Truax-Quillin Show in Minneapolis

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    By Arne K. Lang

    The Armory in Minneapolis, an old war horse of an arena, has become a popular destination for Premier Boxing Champions. Tonight's PBC show was a sellout, but the crowd left disappointed after the main event was terminated after only two rounds because of an injury caused by an accidental head butt.

    The collision left fan favorite Caleb Truax, a University of Minnesota alum, with a bad gash over his right eye. The ring doctor determined that Truax was unfit to continue and the bout was ruled a "no-decision."

    The co-feature was a ho-hum 12-round affair between former world title challengers Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Jack Culcay. A Brooklyn-based Ukrainian, Derevyanchenko improved to 13-1 with a unanimous decision. The scores were 115-113 and 116-112 twice.

    A fighter from Germany who was born in Ecuador and currently trains in South Florida, Culcay (25-4) sparred with Caleb Truax in preparation for this contest but to no avail although he made things interesting by doing his best work in the late rounds. There were no knockdowns, but Culcay staggered Derevyanchenko with a short right hand in round 10.

    Other Bouts

    Middleweight Joey Spencer, who turned 19 last month, was extended beyond the second round for the first time in his career but advanced his record to 7-0 with a wide 6-round decision over spunky but out-gunned Osias Vasquez (4-3) from Rosenburg, Texas.

    Spencer, from the small town of Linden, Michigan, near Flint, is a hot commodity. His sponsors include the national restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings. But it's doubtful that Spencer picked up any new sponsors after tonight's lackadaisical showing against a 38-year-old opponent with no steam in his punches.

    In a bloody 8-round match in the 154-pound weight class, Ve Shawn Evans, a local man, overcame a knockdown and a severe cut over his left eye to win a split decision over Weslaco, Texas invader Alexis Gaytan. Owens improved to 10-2. It was a mild upset as Gaytan, now 5-3, has been matched tough. His opponents, including Owens, are a combined 43-5.

    In another 8-round bout contested at 154 pounds, Money Powell IV, scored a 6thround knockout over Christian Aguirre. A chopping left hook sent Aguirre to the canvas. He made it too his feet but was in no condition to continue and the fight was waived off. A decorated amateur from a military family, the 21-year-old Powell improved to 10-0 (6). Aguirre, from Salt Lake City, fell to 8-5.

    In a junior lightweight contest, Brooklyn’s Chris Colbert, a 22-year-old southpaw, improved to 11-0 (4) with an impressive second round stoppage of Mexican veteran Mario Briones (29-9-2). Colbert, who likens himself to a smaller version of Bernard Hopkins, knocked Briones down with a left hook. The Mexican beat the count but had no antidote when Colbert went for the kill and the fight was stopped. Briones has been stopped in four of his last five starts.

    In an all-Mexico battle of welterweights, Jose Miguel Borrego of Aguacalientes won a lopsided 10-round decision over Ensenada’s Hector Ruben Armbriz. Borrego (15-2) won all 10 rounds on all three cards. Armbriz fell to 12-10-1.

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