Boxing returns to St. Paul Saturday night at the Crown Plaza Hotel as Omega Presents "Knock Out Hunger". Doors open at 6PM with the fights beginning at 7PM. A card of amateur fights will begin at 3PM allowing fans to get there early to catch some great amateur action.
"This is going to be an outstanding event and the fans are in for a real treat," said Tony Grygelko of Omega Presents. "All of the fighters on this card have stepped up to bring big time boxing back to Minnesota and to help Knock Out Hunger!"
The card is also being utilized as a food drive, creating an unusual pairing between the fighters and the food shelves.
"Anytime I am able to fight in front of the Minnesota fans you can guarantee I'm going to put on a show," said Caleb Truax who will headline the event. "I'm also super excited to be a part an event that will help provide for families on Thanksgiving"
Fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate. All donations will to the Emergency Food Shelf.
Main Event: Caleb Truax (19-1-1) vs. Michael Walker (19-16-3)
Fresh off his first round knockout of Mickey Scarborough in September, Truax returns to the Crown Plaza to battle Chicago slugger Michael Walker in the main event. Truax, Minnesota's Middleweight champ is eyeing a bigger fight when the calendar turns. His April loss to Jermain Taylor was the first of his professional career.
Walker's last win came in October of 2008 when he defeated Antwun Echols in a rematch of their earlier draw. Walker is 0-15-1 in his fights since including losses to Durrell Richardson and Andy Kolle both of whom Truax has defeated in his ascent up the Middleweight ranks.
Co-Main Event: Cerresso Fort (13-0-1) vs. Brandon Baue (12-7-0)
Following his "someone's 0 has got to go" scrap against Dave Peterson back in June, Fort continues his climb and will be tested Saturday night. Baue from Troy Kansas has lost his last four fights but his opponents are a combined 88-9-4.
Tickets: Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and are available at www.ofights.com.
Food Drive: As part of the event, fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate. For their donation, tickets will be distributed to fans for an opportunity to win prizes. All donated items will be distributed to the Emergency Food Network.
Online Broadcast: If you are unable to be in attendance, fight fans around the world will be able to watch the action live on www.ofights.com. Boxing historian Jake Wegner and KFAN's Dan Cole join Doug Erlien for all the action.