CENTRAL POINT — Mike Wilson hopes a big chance is just around the corner.
The Central Point boxer earned a unanimous decision over Mario Aguilar, of Mexico, to claim the vacant North American Boxing Association cruiserweight championship at Jackson County Expo Saturday.
Wilson (19-0) used his reach and superior boxing skills to win every round over the big-swinging visitor. All three judges had Wilson winning 100-90 in the 10-round bout.
In another bout involving a local fighter, Troy Wohosky, of Medford, won a split decision in five rounds against Derick Bartlemay, of Salem.
Wohosky upped his professional record to 4-2.
A third local fighter, Abraham Martin, had his bout scrapped. The reason was not known at press time.
As the NABA champion, Wilson will earn a top-15 ranking in the four major boxing associations, and potentially higher-profile fights than he’s had to this point in his career.
The division championship has been vacant for 1½ years.
Aguilar dropped to 18-4. Sixteen of his victories are by knockout, and he threw a number of big punches that caught only air as Wilson, coming off one of his best camps, proved mostly elusive.
Aguilar caught him flush a few times, but Wilson weathered the blows and, in some cases, countered with a square shot of his own.
“Yeah, it definitely wasn’t easy, man, he came to fight,” Wilson said in the ring immediately after his hand was raised. “He pushed us to the limits, man. Like I’ve said every time, this victory’s for all you guys. It wouldn’t be possible without each and every one of you guys.”
Aguilar clapped as the judges’ scores were read, knowing the decision was going to his opponent.
That was in contrast to his antics during the fight. He played the perfect foil, a villain in Wilson’s hometown. He mocked Wilson’s flurries with gestures of being unfazed, or grins to show it was a relative walk in the park for him.
Aguilar stunned Wilson, a two-time national amateur champion and Olympic alternate, with a powerful shot midway through the third round.
By then, he was sporting a welt under his right eye.
Aguilar followed a body shot in the fourth with an overhand blow that caught Wilson, but the latter immediately countered and snapped Augilar’s head back.
The seventh round went well for Wilson, prompting trainer Jimmy Pedrojetti to tell him, “That was a good round,” as Wilson arrived at his corner.
In the 10th, Wilson kept Augilar at bay with jabs, then forced him into a corner and rat-a-tatted him with more than a dozen body shots.
The crowd chanted in unison, “Wilson, Wilson, Wilson,” knowing what outcome was coming.
Wohosky, owner of Spartan Boxing Gym, had his hands full with Bartlemay, a late replacement when Wohosky’s original opponent broke a hand sparring.
Bartlemay (0-7) was aggressive and traded blows with the local favorite in the 137-pound bout.
Wohosky, his nose bloodied, landed several big rights in the fourth round, igniting raucous cheers, but Bartlemay was relatively unfazed.
Another action-packed round followed before Wohosky won two judges’ cards, 48-47, while Bartlemay was a winner by the same score on the third card.
The ring announcer said Bartlemay, unhappy with the verdict, wanted a rematch.
Frank Sanchez (5-0), of Las Vegas, made startlingly quick work of Brian Green (1-2), of Des Moines, Iowa, at 210 pounds, flooring Green in 45 seconds of the first round.
Green, whose other loss was to the late Kimbo Slice, was ruled to be not responsive during a standing-eight count administered by the referee following a big right hand. The fighter, however, felt it shouldn’t have been stopped.
The fight was scheduled for six six rounds.
Nicholas Jefferson (4-0), of Tacoma, Washington, went four rounds for a unanimous decision over Brennon Crow (0-2), of Redding California, at 147 pounds.
It was Jefferson’s first fight to go the distance, and he was helped when Crow was deducted a point in the final round for repeatedly losing his mouthpiece.
Heavyweights Doc Barron (9-10-1), of Anacortes, Washington, and Mike Bissett (14-10-1), of St. Petersburg, Florida, slugged it out for four rounds and finished with the first draw of each fighter’s career.
All three judges had it 38-38.
In the night’s first bout, rangy left-hander Chris Johnson (1-0), of Bend, a two-time Golden Gloves champion, connected often against Nit Phoumychack (0-1) as each made his professional debut at 148 pounds.
Johnson couldn’t put his foe away however, settling for a four-round unanimous decision over his Cottonwood, California, opponent.
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