By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair
Fighting at the nearly sold-out Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon, cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson added a thirteenth consecutive win to his unblemished record on Saturday night, stopping Ironton, Ohio’s Adam Collins in the second round. For the third straight time in less than a year, Wilson headlined White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble”, drawing another large crowd to the arena.
Wilson (13-0, 7 KOs) began the fight at a measured pace, stepping in behind crisp jabs and firing hard straight rights down the middle. Collins (13-12, 8 KOs) showed some good offense of his own early on, retaliating with left hooks and overhand rights, but Wilson did well in blocking and countering as Collins threw. Late in the round a precise left hook followed by a right dropped Collins. After the mandatory count Wilson went after his opponent, seemingly looking to end the fight with one shot, but Collins defended well and made it out of the round.
In the second round Wilson pressed early and quickly found his mark, dropping Collins with a hard right to the temple. Moments later Wilson sent his opponent down again, this time with a thudding left hook to the body. Collins was up at nine, but moments later found himself on the canvas once more, this time courtesy of a Wilson straight right. Wilson would drop Collins for a fourth and final time with a jarring left hook followed by a right. Referee Ed Collantes waved it off at 2:34 of the round, giving Wilson his seventh win inside the distance.
“I felt good. I was hoping it would get into the later rounds,” said Wilson after the fight. “I wanted to wear him out and run him down. I felt I could have gone ten rounds. I was trying to take my time in the beginning, because of the fact that he was a strong guy. I could feel it the way he was throwing his punches. So we just wanted to take our time and work behind the jab. It was all good it came out the way it was supposed to.”
Wilson and his team will look to have his next fight in the summer in Central Point and continue to build on his current momentum. “Next time we’ll do an eight rounder,” said Wilson, “we’ll move up in competition and keep on chipping away at the rankings. See where we can get by end of the year.”
The semi-main event of the night featured a brutal back and forth six round lightweight fight between Salem, Oregon’s Juan Jaramillo (10-12-2, 3 KOs) and Eugene, Oregon’s Corben Page (5-12-1). The two had fought once before in July of last year with Jaramillo taking a five round unanimous decision in what was a very good fight. The return bout would prove to be a much more intense and drama filled encounter.
In the first round Page boxed well, using lateral movement and stiff jabs to set up quick combinations and keep Jaramillo at range and reaching to land his right. Jaramillo remained undeterred, though, and by the end of the round he had cut the distance down and was forcing exchanges in close. Jaramillo closed in early in the second round, cutting the ring off and stepping into the pocket, slamming his opponent with overhand rights. Page, who was effective early with movement and quick one-twos, abandoned that approach as his opponent pressed and chose instead to stand and trade, giving the boisterous crowd in attendance some fierce exchanges in the center of the ring. In the the third the pace did not let up with both fighters trading heavy leather, landing hellacious shots on each other for most of the round. As the round neared the end, Jaramillo appeared to be well on his way to banking it on the scorecards when, in the middle of a brutal exchange, Page unloaded with a thunderous left hook, dropping Jaramillo to the canvas. The round ended before Page could follow up, but as the fourth began the Eugene journeyman wasted no time in going for the knockout. For the first minute of the fight Page let his hands go with urgency, unloading with punch after punch, trying hard to end the fight. Jaramillo weathered the storm, though, and as Page began to tire, mounted a comeback, rallying forward with short hooks in close. A cut on the forehead of Jaramillo opened up late in the round and began to bleed profusely. The pace continued in the last two rounds with both fighters having their moments, Page effective when he used his legs and boxed, and Jaramillo having an edge when he forced his way in close and made the fight a brawl. In the final moments of the last round the two stood toe-to-toe and traded wildly to the screaming appreciation of the crowd. The judges were split with one judge having it 59-55 for Page and the remaining two scoring for Jaramillo with tallies of 57-56 and 58-56, giving the Salem resident his tenth win as a pro. After the bout talk centered around a possible rubber-match, which seemed fitting considering the close decision and the fact that these two fighters seem to make a better fight each time they face each other.
In a wild and bloody heavyweight fight, Sylvester “Doc” Baron (9-7, 3 KOs), of Anacortes, Washington won a close majority decision over Yreka, California’s DJ Linderman (1-2, 1 KO). Both fighters unloaded early, trading heavy shots in close from the start and not letting up for most of their four round fight. In the fourth, a bad cut opened up over the left eye of Linderman and quickly had both fighters covered in blood. The official scorecards read 38-38, 39-37 and 39-37, favoring Baron, who adds his first win in five fights.
Pendleton, Oregon’s Justin Milani (1-1) added his first win as a professional boxer with a four round unanimous decision over Medford, Oregon’s Randy Rogers (3-2, 2 KOs). Milani boxed well in the first round, using lateral movement and accurate one-two’s to keep Rogers at range and unable to mount a sustained attack. Rogers began to close the gap in the second round, though, pressing hard and landing with overhand rights, bloodying Milani’s nose and opening a cut over his left eye. Rogers continued to press effectively in the third, unloading with a vicious barrage of hooks to the body. Milani came back in the last round, pressing forward with effective flurries, trading in close with Rogers. The round was a close one, but as the fight neared the end, Milani unleashed a hard left hook, followed by a right, dropping Rogers for a count . The knockdown was enough to clinch the win for Milani, with all three judges giving him the nod with scores of 38-37. The bout was contested in the cruiserweight division
Local favorite Rafael Valencia (3-2, 2 KOs) claimed a four round unanimous decision win over Granger, Washington’s Antonio Neal (3-4, 3 KOs) in a middleweight contest. Valencia used his longer reach to set up solid one-two’s, taking control of the fight early and out-landing his shorter opponent for most of the the first three rounds. Neal was a game fighter, though, and rallied back in the fourth, pressing the fight and managing to make the round a close one. By then Valencia had done enough to secure the win with scores of 39-37, and 40-36 twice.
In the first fight of the night, Sacramento, California’s Rafael Busuioc (2-1, 1 KO) stopped novice fighter Mike Fernandez (0-1), of Kelso, Washington in the third round. Busuioc came out blazing from the sound of the first bell, unloading with a fast-paced attack, swarming his opponent. For the first two round Busuioc did not let up, unloading with accurate combinations. Fernandez, while a game fighter, was simply outworked and outmatched. In the third round, after a sustained rally of unanswered punches, referee Joel Scobie mercifully stepped in and stopped it. The end came at 2:02 of the third round. The bout was fought at the lightweight limit.
An estimated crowd of over three thousand people packed into the Jackson County Expo for White Delight Promotions’ third Rogue Valley Rumble. The promotion is expected to stage their fourth show in July. [See image gallery at www.fightnews.com]
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