Wilson triumphs with KO
CENTRAL POINT — Once again, Mike Wilson delivered for his hometown.
The Central Point native earned a second-round body shot knockout of Juan Reyna in the event he promoted, the Rogue Valley Rumble 2 Summer Showdown, at Compton Arena at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on Saturday.
“He was coming over the top with some shots and I felt like in the second round I started establishing my jab,” said Wilson. "He hit me with a couple great shots, but I knew once I started finding the rhythm with my jab, it would all fall into place.
“But it was a great night, man. I’m blessed to come out of here with a victory and it’s always fun. It’s always a great time at home.”
The shorter Reyna (5-5-1), of Brownsville, Texas, was able to give Wilson a little bit by ducking out of and countering a couple of Wilson’s attempts in the opening round. One of Reyna's shots gave Wilson a cut below his left eye.
Wilson, however, began to figure out his game and worked Reyna into the corner a couple times.
At the 1:10 mark of the second round, Wilson found an opening and delivered a devastating right hook to the body of Reyna, sending him to the canvas for the knockout.
“I love digging into the body,” said Wilson. “ It really sets the tone for the later rounds. You dig the body and it really pays off in the later rounds, and we just hit him with the perfect shot in the ribs and that was it.”
Javier Torres of Long Beach, Calif., who was born in Medford, was defeated by DJ Linderman 49 seconds into the sixth round by TKO in their heavyweight match.
Linderman sent Torres flying into a turnbuckle with a straight left, and the referee called the fight while Torres was still standing.
It was the first loss for Torres (8-1-2), who made the 2008 Olympics squad for Mexico and won a silver medal at the 2009 U.S. National Super Heavyweight Championships. He also is a two-time Junior Olympics national champion.
It was Linderman’s first win as a professional. Linderman also owns an 18-9 MMA record.
Randy Rogers, of Medford, showed his heart and perseverance with an incredible and unlikely comeback in a battle of 195-pounders.
After being left dazed by a power shot about 20 seconds into the opening round by LaQuan Williams, of Portland, Rogers gathered himself and registered a knockout.
“I was hurtin’,” laughed Rogers. "I was hurting bad, actually, and I just did what I needed to do to pull it out. I just felt like I was in a closet with like clowns laughing and I was dizzy. I just had to get it together."
Clearly disrupted, Rogers played defense by keeping his guard up and his feet moving to get through the remainder of the round. Rogers came alive in the second round by delivering the first shots and eventually backed Williams into the corner and landed a right hook that caused Williams to stumble and drop to one knee.
At 128 pounds, Medford’s Jose Cabrera captured his first professional victory in emphatic fashion. In the second round, he stunned Jonathan Lira against the ropes and unleashed a flurry on him until Lira leaned over and left himself open for a punch that knocked him out 1:26 into the round.
Cabrera leaped into the air in celebration. He improved his record to 1-3.
Medford’s Rafael Valencia (2-1) had a tough time trying to solve Brandon Maddox (2-0) of Sacramento, Calif., who earned a unanimous decision.
The two tied up several times over the course of their four-round bout. The difference was a few hard shots Maddox landed, one of which left Valencia with a vertical gash between his eyebrow and nose.
Juan Jaramillo (9-12-2), of Salem, won by unanimous decision over Eugene’s Corbin Page (5-10-1) in a fight that was nonstop action through five rounds at 132 pounds. Jaramillo landed more hard and clean shots to get the win.
At 140 pounds, Ricardo Maldonado of Arlington, Wash. won by unanimous decision over Gabriel Pineda in a high-paced fight.