Former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor (30-4-1, 18 KOs) had to survive a ninth-round knockdown, but otherwise outclassed a solid, but unspectacular Caleb Truax (18-1-1, 10 KOs) en route to a unanimous 10-round decision in Showtime's ShoBox main event.
It was mostly a lackluster affair for the first 8 1/2 rounds, with Taylor going through the motions and Truax just doing enough to save face in each losing round.
The only real excitement in the bout was generated by the Minnesota native via sharp right hand that sent Taylor to the canvas about a minute into the ninth round. A buzzed Taylor beat the count and held on desperately until the bell.
By the beginning of the tenth and final round, it was apparent that Truax had let his one opportunity pass and the fight ended with Taylor re-establishing his tepid superiority.
At the end of 10, the judges' scorecards read: 98-91, 97-92, and 97-94. The Boxing Tribune also scored the fight 98-91 in favor of Taylor.
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