Wilson earns 20th victory with TKO


    Mike Wilson, left, and trainer Jimmy Pedrojetti during a training session last fall.

    Mike Wilson recorded the ninth knockout and 20th victory of his professional boxing career with a seventh-round TKO over German Perez Saturday in Rogue Valley Rumble 10 at the Jackson County Expo.

    The Central Point cruiserweight raised his record to 20-1, his lone defeat coming in his previous fight in November against former World Boxing Association champion Denis Lebedev.

    Wilson, ranked 15th by the WBA, headlined a five-fight card against Perez, from Tijuana, Mexico. It was Perez’s third straight loss by TKO and dropped his record to 11-4-3.

    Wilson employed a workmanlike attack in the early going of the scheduled 10-rounder, operating patiently behind his jab and following up with sharp right hands and hooks to the midsection, slowly stepping up his work rate as the fight went on.

    In the third, Wilson tagged his opponent with a few jarring right hands as Perez decided to stand and trade, rocking him back to the ropes where he continued to drill him with a vicious body assault.

    In the fourth round, a heavy right to the torso buckled Perez and had him in serious trouble, but the Mexican fighter proved to be a tough competitor, hanging on and firing back. A cut opened up over the left eye of Perez in the fifth as Wilson peppered him with crisp one-twos.

    Wilson upped his aggression in the sixth round, pressing in close and snapping back the head of Perez with solid straight right hands. Wilson teed off repeatedly, and late in the round, a massive right to the head left Perez wobbling momentarily before he finally fell to the canvas.

    He made it up and was allowed to continue by the referee with seconds to go in the round, but the bell sounded before Wilson could inflict more damage. Perez’s corner threw in the towel at the start of the seventh.

    Rounding out the undercard were four fights featuring some notable up-and-coming young regional fighters.

    In the semi-main event, rising junior lightweight prospect Victor Morales Jr. (10-0, 6 KOs), of Vancouver, Washington, scored an impressive first-round TKO over tough journeyman Phillip Adyaka (7-14, 4 KOs). Morales had Adyaka down twice before the bout was called at 1:30.

    Medford’s Abraham Martin (3-0, 3 KOs) had to overcome early adversity to claim a first-round knockout over Portland’s Johnny James (0-1), an MMA fighter who was making his pro debut in the cruiserweight division.

    James opened up early and had Martin in trouble. But a short break due to Martin’s mouthpiece falling out gave him a reprieve. He got his bearings and rallied, clubbing James with a right hand late in the round that sent him to the canvas.

    James made it to his feet, but the referee called it at 2:26.

    Bend’s Chris Johnson (3-0, 1 KO) defeated the pro-debuting Ian King (0-1), of Portland, in a welterweight contest, scoring a second-round stoppage.

    Adding his fifth consecutive victory within the distance, undefeated Cris Reyes (6-0, 5 KOs), of Renton, Washington, scored a second-round knockout over Vancouver, Washington’s, Abdul Kamara (0-1) in a welterweight fight.

    The card was promoted by WhiteDelight Promotions. Its next event is scheduled for this September.

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