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Mike Wilson Annihilates Williams In Oregon!

by on Apr.13, 2015, under Boxing News

Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra


 Wilson, at left, stalks his opponent.

Wilson, at left, stalks his opponent.

After nearly a two year long hiatus from the sport, top Pacific Northwest cruiserweight prospect Mike Wilson made his return to the ring last Saturday night at the Compton Arena in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Fighting under the promotional banner of his wife Jennifer Wilson’s newly formed Whited Delight Promotions, Wilson kept his unbeaten record intact with an emphatic second round knockout of previously unbeaten Kansas City prospect Derek Williams. The fight was the main event of a seven bout card that drew one of the largest boxing crowds seen in the region in recent years, showing the vast popularity of the local favorite Wilson. 

As the bout got underway Wilson (11-0 3KOs) showed little signs of ring rust, quickly establishing his rhythm with a stiff and methodical jab, using it to close the gap and set-up openings for his right hand . He patiently stalked his opponent, pushing his way in and unloading with crisp one-twos as Williams (4-1 4KOs) moved around the ring, trying to avoid his opponent’s pressure. Mid-way through the round a hard jab seemed to rock Williams, prompting Wilson to up his tempo and let his hands go with more regularity. As the round neared the end a hard one-two caught Williams flush on the chin, sending him crashing to the canvas. Williams was up at seven and motioned to the referee that he was okay, but he looked visibly shaken. After the action was allowed to resume, Wilson pressed, clearly looking to end the fight early. Williams moved and covered up well, though, making it difficult for Wilson to land a definitive shot.

Wilson wasted little time in the second round, pressing his opponent hard with a hellacious barrage. He quickly cornered Williams along the ropes and found his mark with a hard right, buckling his knees. Seconds later another precise right hand dropped Williams once again. The referee reached the count of ten at 1:13 of the second round, giving Wilson, and the mass of passionate supporters, the victory they were looking for.

Wilson is victorious!

Wilson is victorious!

While Wilson has been kept on the sidelines for some time, due to family and business obligations, he remains a highly talented and promising prospect. Most ringside observers expected to see a few rounds of adjustment from Wilson due to the long lay-off, but he showed very little of that, looking as sharp as he ever has, thanks in large part to his vigorous preparation for this fight. His management plans on keeping him busy and progressing him towards a meaningful opponent in the near future.

A well-matched six round lightweight bout pitting two rugged journeyman types ended prematurely after three rounds of intense action. Redwood City, California’s Jesus “Partido” Sandoval defeated Corbin Page of Eugene, Oregon via fourth round stoppage after a bad cut over Page’s left eye forced the stopping of the fight at the behest of the doctor.

Page (5-10-1 3KOs), who is rarely in a dull fight, stormed right at his opponent as the first bell sounded, closing the gap and unloading with hard shots in close. Sandoval (5-6-3 1KO) responded with his own arsenal, trading punch-for-punch with his shorter opponent, giving the crowd an exciting start to the fight. About a minute into the fight, though, the southpaw Sandoval began to settle down and use his movement and straight counter lefts to stifle his opponent’s aggression. Page remained determined to stay in close, but Sandoval took control of the round late with effective movement and precise counter-punching.

In the second round Sandoval continued to use his superior foot-work to move in and out of the pocket with quick flurries, maintaining a busy pace and landing with effective right hook-straight left combos. Page made it a close round with his determined pressure, but he was clearly being outworked. Late in the round a hard right hook opened up a cut over Page’s left eye.

Sandoval was in firm control by the third round, maneuvering his way in and out of the pocket and covering up well as Page fired back. Late in the round referee Ed Collantes called the doctor in to check the cut that was opening up more as the action went on. Page implored the doctor to let him go on, which he did, but at the start of the fourth round the referee called the doctor in to check the cut for a second time. This time the decision was made to call it as the cut had continued to worsen, giving Sandoval his fifth win as a pro.

Medford, Oregon’s Rafael Valencia scored a first round stoppage over Cole Milani, of Klamath Falls, Oregon in a super middleweight match-up. Valencia (2-0 1KOs) came out swinging from the start, quickly stepping into the pocket and letting his hands go with wild, looping shots. He payed the price early on as Milani (2-4) responded with his own attack, trading heavy leather in the pocket and landing his own share of hard shots. After taking a few flush punches to the chin, Valencia settled into a more measured approach and backed off his aggression, using his one-two to work his way in rather then the reckless approach he had used in the first minute of the fight. The adjustment payed off as he was able to use his longer reach to land his punches from range and not allow Milani to land any retaliatory swings. Mid-way through the round a hard right wobbled Milani. Valencia immediately pounced, cornering Milani and unloading with a vicious onslaught. After seeing that Milani was no longer defending himself, referee Joel Scobie wisely stepped in and called a halt to the bout, giving Valencia his second straight victory at 1:46 of the round.

Former Nigerian Olympian Rasheed Lawal claimed his first pro win with a close four round split decision win over Hillsboro, Oregon’s Gabriel “Ducky” Pineda. The welterweight match-up was an ugly affair, marred by a lot of holding.

Early in the fight, Lawal (1-0-1) quickly established his range, snapping his jab out of a southpaw stance and using his movement to set up power-shots. He was succesful at using Pineda’s own aggression against him early in the round, countering effectively as Pineda (4-1-2) pushed his way in close. Late in the round, as Pineda pressed his way in without jabbing, Lawal caught him with a precise counter left on the chin, dropping him to the mat. Pineda did not appear hurt by the shot, but it put him in an early points deficit.

Pineda came out pressing once again in the second round, this time though, using a more methodical approach, feinting and jabbing his way in. As he began to close the gap and unload in close, Lawal used a hit and hold approach, stifling any infighting Pineda was able to establish. By the third round Pineda was visibly frustrated by the approach and did what any good pro does when faced with this type of tactic; he made it a rough fight. As Lawal initiated holds, Pineda kept working with his free hand and did not allow himself to be tied up as much. Lawal, faced with his opponent’s relentless aggression, was forced into a rough inside fight and did well in landing his own shots. The two finished out the fight trading in rough exchanges, making the fight a hard one to score. The official judges were split as to who had won the fight. One scored it for Pineda 38-37, while the other two judges had it for Lawal 38-37, giving Lawal the split decision win.

Randy Rogers, of Klamath Falls, Oregon boxed his way to a four round unanimous decision over Tacoma, Washington’s Justin Davis. Rogers (2-1) used a solid jab and steady pressure to consistently walk back his opponent and control the bout with solid one-twos. Davis (0-3) gave a good effort, but Rogers easily worked his way to a clear-cut victory. All three judges scored the fight for Rogers via scores of 40-35, 40-35, and 40-36.

 Frias (right) and Perez trade in close.

Frias (right) and Perez trade in close.

Salem, Oregon’s Josh Frias notched his second victory as a professional, claiming a four round unanimous decision win over Tualatin, Oregon’s Sammy Perez in an intensely wild affair. From the outset both fighters stormed at each other and began to unload powerful shots in the center of the ring. The crowd screamed in appreciation as the two combatants traded on mostly even terms in intense exchanges for the first minute of the first round. As the round wore on, though, Frias (2-0) began to take over slightly with long jabs and a busier pace in close.

In the second round the shorter Perez (2-3-2) tried to take control of the range, using his lateral movement and jab, but Frias pressed the action and quickly closed the gap, forcing the fight into a fast-tempo slugging match, which favored his busier work rate and heavier punches.

For the remainder of the fight the pace remained intense and the rounds close, but it was Frias’ more precise and harder punching that edged out the rounds. All three judges scored the fight 40-36 for Frias, who adds the second and most impressive win of his young career.

In the evening’s first bout Detroit, Michigan’s Brandon Maddox scored a vicious first round knockout of Eagle Point, Oregon’s Daniel “Boone” Wyatt. For the first two minutes the fight was fought on mostly even terms with both fighters jabbing and maneuvering around the ring, both looking for openings to land their power shots. Wyatt (0-1) was finding some success with his left hook and stiff jabs to the body, while Maddox (1-0 1KO) patiently moved around the ring, firing off an occasional jab to the mid-section. Two minutes into the round Maddox found an opening and unloaded with a thunderous overhand right to his opponent’s chin, sending him crashing to the canvas. Wyatt was out before he hit the mat, prompting referee Ed Collantes to immediately wave the fight off at 2:04 of the round, giving Maddox his first win as a pro.

The event was a big success, with a large and vocal local crowd coming out to support the first boxing event for White Delight Promotions. They were treated to a well-matched, well-organized event. While no date has been announced yet, White Delight Promotions is expected to be back in the Medford, Oregon area with another card soon.

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