CANYONVILLE — With much of Southern Oregon in their corner, Central Point native Mike Wilson and Medford's Troy Wohosky did not disappoint their faithful fans at Seven Feathers Casino on Saturday.
In the main event of the night, Wilson defeated Mike Alderete in a six-round brawl to claim the vacant Northwest Cruiserweight Championship.
Wohosky also won his bout against Jacob Thomas of Vancouver, Wash., triumphing by knockout within the first 90 seconds of the 132-pound match.
Wilson won every round against Alderete, a 200-pounder out of Albuquerque, N.M., with a professional record of 7-6. Wilson earned a 60-54 card by all three judges to prevail by unanimous decision.
"I felt great," Wilson said. "It was just a good fight and a good win, a good test at this point, and I thank everybody that came out. It does make a big difference when you can feed off everyone in the crowd. When you know three-quarters of the people out there, they're emotionally involved and they feel like they're in the ring taking punches with you."
The hometown electricity helped Wilson, but his pre-fight strategy against a proven fighter worked to perfection.
"A lot of people look at the record and statistics, but he's proven himself," said Wilson of Alderete. "He's been thrown to the wolves. He's durable.
"I saw footage of him and I had kind of a game plan. My trainer didn't want me to go all out but he said if you catch him, take him out of there.
"I dug at the body early. He came right at me and I kept him at the end of my jab. He kept his hands up right in front of his face. I kept teeing him up on the uppercut. I busted his nose up pretty bad in the first round."
Wohosky's opponent — Thomas — was a late replacement for Marco Cardenas, who backed out of the fight before their weigh-in. Thomas had never fought at the professional level in boxing but is a former professional MMA fighter.
The switch in opponents also forced Wohosky to move up a weight class from 128.
"He was very awkward in the ring," said Wohosky of Thomas. "His punches were wild and he wasn't very structured as a boxer."
Maintaining his composure, Wohosky caught Thomas off guard with one of his erratic swings by countering with a straight punch that knocked Thomas down and out.
"I had 21/2 years of ring rust on me, but that was a good win for me, Mike and Medford," Wohosky said.