Three months ago, the Brooklyn native traveled to Minnesota to face the hometown hero Truax in a bout featuring super middleweight contenders, a headline on a Premier Boxing Champions card.
The fight ended after two rounds, where Truax was deemed unable to continue due to an accidental headbutt, which drew significant blood on his left eye.
“First of all, I think the doctor’s job is to make sure the fighter is safe,” said Quillin, who had several good moments early on, after their first encounter. “That’s number one. People would rather see him fight without an eye, but I’d rather have the guy be able to fight another day.”Quillin’s return to the squared circle will serve as his second bout since defeating J’Leon Love last August following an 11-month layoff. Truax wasn’t happy with the previous stoppage at the time of the bout either, and is looking to avenge to no-decision.
“It’s disappointing I couldn’t put on a good fight for the fans,” he said. “They came to see 12 rounds of action. It hurts, but that’s boxing.”
The rematch will take place on August 31, and like the first bout, will take place at the Minneapolis Armory in Minnesota, giving Truax the home ring advantage once again.
Also on the card will be Erislandy Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) and Ramon Alvarez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) – the brother of Canelo Alvarez – as a headliner. Lara most recently boxed to a controversial draw with Brian Carlos Castano to headline a Cuban-themed Barclays Center card this past March.
The Quillin and Truax bout will air nationally on FOX and likely propel the winner into a world title opportunity shortly thereafter.
“I’m going to make what went wrong in the first fight, right again in the rematch,” Quillin wrote on his Instagram this week.