BOXING: Wilson to defend NABA crown
North American Boxing Association champion Mike Wilson will make his second title defense Saturday against Gary Kopas at the Jackson County Expo.
Wilson, a cruiserweight from Central Point, puts a 20-1 professional record on the line as the headliner of a six-fight Rogue Valley Rumble XI card.
Wilson, 36, last fought in early March, stopping German Perez with a seventh-round TKO. It was the ninth knockout of Wilson’s career.
He and Kopas are scheduled to go 10 rounds.
Doors open at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 in advance at Lil’ Pantry and Hawaiian Hut locations, and $30 at the door. Admission for kids 12 and under is $15, and those 4 and under get in free.
Kopas, 40, is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has an 11-11-2 record, with five knockouts. Only one of his defeats has been by knockout.
Kopas last fought in late March, earning a split decision over Jaudiel Zepeda.
Kopas, like Wilson a right-hander, was involved in a fight that ended tragically 2 1/2 years.
He won a 10-round technical knockout over David Whittom in May 2017. Whittom suffered traumatic brain injury and died 10 months later after having been in an artificial coma.
Whittom was from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. They fought for the Canadian Professional Boxing Council cruiserweight crown.
This will be Kopas’ fourth fight since facing Whittom, all victories as part of a seven-fight winning streak.
Three Medford boxers are on the card, and two of them, Leon Cavalli and Richard Carranza, will make their professional debuts against each other in a four-rounder at 132 pounds.
The other Medford fighter will be Abraham Martin (4-0), who takes on John Peak (3-1), of Lakewood, Washington, in a four-round bout at 175.
Chris Johnson (5-0), from Bend, will take on Antonio Neal (4-11-1), of Granger Washington, for five rounds at 146 pounds.
Grants Pass’ Reyes Aguilera makes his pro debut against Klamath Falls’ Dylan Carlson, also starting out. They’re bout is four rounds at 162.5 pounds.
In the other bout, Luis Iniguez (1-2-1), of Portland, takes on Roman Avetisyan (0-2), of Pasco, Washington, in a four-round, 170-pound fight.
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