Lyke’s boxers of Anoka-Coon Rapids Boxing Gym to share stage with Iron Mike

When pro boxing returns to Target Center to open the 17th season of “Friday Night Fights” on ESPN, two Coon Rapids residents will compete on the under card before Osseo’s own Caleb “Golden Boy” Truax (23-1-1) takes to the ring in a co-main event.

The event is being promoted by Mike Tyson’s IronMike Productions in conjunction with Seconds Out Promotions.

Caleb Truax, of Osseo, wraps his hands before a training session at Lyke’s gym in Coon Rapids Dec. 17. He will face Ossie Duran in a co-main event at Target Center Jan. 3. The card will by featured on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” and is being promoted in part by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Promotions. (Photo by Jason Olson, ABC Newspapers)

Caleb Truax, of Osseo, wraps his hands before a training session at Lyke’s gym in Coon Rapids Dec. 17. He will face Ossie Duran in a co-main event at Target Center Jan. 3. The card will by featured on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” and is being promoted in part by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Promotions. (Photo by Jason Olson, ABC Newspapers)

No doubt, Tyson’s name and ESPN will help draw even the casual boxing fan in a growing boxing region.

“It’s great for casual fans,” Truax said. “Minnesota has a knowledgeable fan base, as far as hardcore fans go and I’ve gotten to know a lot of them at my fights. They’re always supporting, but it will be good to bring out casual fans to buy a ticket.”

While Truax continues to make strides in his professional career, he still trains out of Lyke’s Anoka-Coon Rapids Boxing Gym in Coon Rapids, where he got his start at the age of 19, late in boxing years.

 

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