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Wilson Defeats Bissett by Decision

by on May.24, 2016, under Boxing News

Photos and story by Ricardo Ibarra


Wilson lands his uppercut in close.

Wilson lands his uppercut in close.

Cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (14-0, 7 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact on Saturday night, taking a six round unanimous decision win over tough journeyman Mike “Concrete” Bissett (10-9, 7 KOs) in front of a loudly supportive hometown crowd at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon. Headlining White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble 4″ card, Wilson overcame an early assault from the experienced fighter from St. Petersburg, Florida to win every round on all three judges’ scorecards.

Bissett, who aside from having eighteen professional bouts under his belt also had extensive amateur career, pressed the action early in the first round, forcing a fast pace with crafty offense in close. Wilson responded to the early assault by stepping up his output and retaliating with hard left hooks and right hands down the middle The action was brisk in the first two minutes of the round with both fighters connecting in the pocket, but by the end of the round Wilson had found a rhythm with one-twos and right hand counters as Bissett stepped in.

Wilson used his jab with greater regularity in the second round, which allowed him to temper Bissett’s aggression. Bissett made every effort to throw Wilson into an all-out slugfest but by the end of the third round Wilson had established the range with his left and was smashing Bissett with long-range shots. A cut over Bissett’s left eye opened up in the fourth round.

Bissett gets dropped.

Bissett gets dropped.

Wilson was firmly in control of the fight by the fifth round, using his lateral movement to keep Bissett at bay and peppering him from distance with vicious shots to the head and body. A thunderous right to the chin dropped Bissett in the sixth round and had him in serious trouble. Wilson tried to finish him off after the mandatory count, hurting him again with a left hook to the mid-section. Bissett, though, proved to be a tough fighter, weathering the onslaught and firing back with his own assault, closing out the fight trading in the center of the ring with the onrushing Wilson. All three judges scored the fight for Wilson with scores of 60-53.

Bissett lands his left as Wilson tries to counter.

Bissett lands his left as Wilson tries to counter.

” I knew he was going to be tough,” said Wilson of his opponent after the fight. “Those type of fighters are dangerous. He’s ten and eight, a seasoned amateur, knows what he’s doing in there and those are the guys that are really dangerous because they have everything to gain and nothing to lose. So you have to fight smart. I felt like my jab was key right off the bat. I got comfortable behind my jab and i just tried to make him come to me. I just took my time and let things come to me.”

Wilson, who fought twice last year, added his second win in five months and plans on fighting again soon. “I want to keep busy,” said Wilson. ” I want to keep building on my momentum. Maybe go again in July and back here in September.”

In the semi-main event, Renton, Washington’s Marcelo Gallardo (7-3-2, 3 KOs) claimed a hard-fought six round unanimous decision win over Juan Jaramillo (10-13-2, 3 KOs), of Salem, Oregon. The bout was fought at an intense pace with both fighters engaging in exchanges throughout, but it was the heavier and more accurate punching of Gallardo that carried the majority of the action. In the third round a hard left hook to the chin dropped Jaramillo for a count. Down the stretch the two combatants gave the crowd some exciting moments as they let their hands go in the center of the ring. All three judges scored the fight for Gallardo with scores of 60-53.

Super middleweight Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (7-3-1, 5 KOs) rebounded from a recent pair of losses with a four round unanimous decision win over local crowd favorite Rafael Valencia (3-3, 2 KOs). Valencia boxed well in the first round using his long jab to score points and keep Sevilla-Rivera on the outside, but in the second round Sevilla-Rivera began to cut the ring off and connect with well-placed hooks in close, causing Valencia to go into a defensive mode. As the fight wore on Valencia slowed his punch output as Sevilla-Rivera unloaded more often, giving Sevilla-Rivera more opportunities to land and score points. All three official scorecards favored Sevilla-Rivera with tallies of 40-36 and 39-37 twice.

Arlington, Washington’s Ricardo Maldonado (6-5) turned in a dominant five round performance, nearly pitching a shutout on all three judges cards to secure a unanimous decision win over Tacoma, Washington’s Will Hughes (5-4, 3 KOs). Maldonado set a quick pace from the start, pressing behind his jab and using it to control the range and set up openings for his right hand. For most of the fight Maldonado controlled the tempo with a busy work rate and constant pressure. Hughes rallied in the third, but Maldonado displayed a solid defense and countered well as Hughes pressed, quickly regaining control of the action and finishing out the fight with a relentless attack. Two judges scored the fight 50-45 with the third seeing it 49-46. The bout was fought in the Jr. Welterweight division.

In a wild and bloody cruiserweight brawl, Sacramento, California’s Blake McKernan (2-0, 1 KO) claimed a four round unanimous decision victory over Justin Milani (1-2), of Pendleton, Oregon. The fight escalated quickly with both fighters letting loose with heavy punches, but it was McKernan, with the more accurate and harder punches, that was doing more damage and racking up points. Milani came back in the third round, using his legs to gain some distance and find openings for his one-twos. In the fourth McKernan, who was now bleeding profusely from cuts over both eyes that had opened up in the third, upped his offense and appeared to do enough to clinch the round. All three judges scored the fight for McKernan.

Former U.S. National amateur champion Patrick Ferguson (2-0, 2 KOs) of Spokane, Washington added his second win as a pro in the first fight of the night, stopping DJ Dorsey (0-2), of Sacramento, California, in the second round. Ferguson began the bout working at a measured pace in the first round but quickly picked up the pressure in the second, stepping into the pocket with hard hooks to the head and body. A barrage of well placed hooks to the chin dropped Dorsey to a knee early in the round. Ferguson dropped Dorsey to a knee once again moments later with a series of hooks and continued to work after the mandatory eight count. After a series of punches went unanswered by Dorsey, referee Joel Scobie stepped in and called it at 2:36 of the round.

White Delight Promotions’ fourth “Rogue Valley Rumble” card once again drew a large crowd to the Jackson County Expo. Promoter Jenifer Wilson plans on holding the next show September 24th.

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