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Congratulations to Aubrey Morrow, selected as the Western Region Fighter of the Year by Canadian Boxiana. Read about that HERE. We certainly agree with GM Ross in the selection of Morrow.
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Undefeated Mike Wilson Set to Face Valluco Reyna This Saturday in Oregon.
By Ricardo Ibarra
Unbeaten Pacific Northwest Cruiserweight prospect Mike Wilson will return to his hometown of Central Point, Oregon this Saturday, July 11th just three months removed from drawing one of the largest crowds to any combat sporting event in the State of Oregon in recent years in his last fight. Wilson will take on Texan Juan Valluco Reyna in the main event of White Delight Promotions' “Rogue Valley Rumble II” at the Jackson County Expo Compton Arena. The card will be the second show for the newly formed promotional company headed by Jennifer Wilson, and feature seven fights total.
This will be the second fight for Wilson (11-0, 5 KOs) since taking a two year sabbatical in 2013. Wilson, who was an amateur stand-out claiming the 2005 AIBA World Amateur Super Heavyweight title among other amateur championships, has remained unbeaten as a pro in eleven fights. He returned from his self-imposed hiatus last April, rolling through Kansas City’s Derek Williams in two rounds. The rangy boxer-puncher hopes to add another impressive win against Brownsville, Texas' Juan Valluco Reyna (5-4-1, 2 KOs).
Reyna, who had over eighty fights as an amateur, began his professional career in 2011, going 4-0 in his first year. After three consecutive losses in 2013, Reyna stepped away from professional prize fighting, though, spending the next two years on the sidelines. Since coming back to the sport this past February, he's gone 1-1-1 in three bouts.
Wilson and Reyna will fight in a scheduled ten round bout at the Cruiserweight limit.
Match-maker Tony Rodriguez, Jr. has lined up a six fight undercard with some very promising match-ups featuring some of the Northwest's most exciting fighters.
Hillsboro, Oregon's Gabe “Ducky” Pineda (4-1-2, 1 KO) will look to rebound from his first loss, a split decision defeat to former Nigerian Olympian Rasheed Lawal last April, when he takes on the crafty Ricardo Maldonado (4-3), of Arlington, Washington. Both fighters are known in the Pacific Northwest as tough, skilled fighters, both having had a string of solid wins as pros before tasting defeat. Maldonado’s most recent fight was a unanimous decision loss to Andres Reyes last March. They will meet in a four round Super Lightweight bout that promises to deliver an all action affair.
Unbeaten heavyweight Javier Torres (6-0-2, 3 KOs) has been inactive for over a year and will look to get his career back on track when he takes on Yreka, California's D.J. Linderman (0-1) in a four round bout. Torres resides in Long Beach, California, but his birthplace is Medford, Oregon. His last bout was a four round draw against Rodney Hernandez in March of last year. Linderman, who fights in both mixed martial arts and boxing, has focused mainly on MMA over the past few years, building a record of 18-9 in that sport. His last professional boxing match was a decision loss to Vincent Thompson.
In a very interesting stylistic match-up brimming with potential for a slugfest, Juan Jaramillo (8-12-2, 3 KOs), of Keizer, Oregon and Eugene's Corben Page (5-10-1) will meet in a four round Super Lightweight fight. Both fighters may lack winning records, but they both have a fan-friendly, aggressive style and a propensity to engage. Records not with-standing, these two fighters are much better than their win-loss columns suggest and both have a reputation for making exciting fights.
Local favorite Rafael Valencia (2-0, 2KOs) will look to keep his two fight unbeaten knockout streak going against Detroit, Michigan's Brandon Maddox (1-0, 1KO). The two undefeated fighters will meet in a four round bout fought at the Super Middleweight limit.
Rounding out the card will be local slugger Randy Rogers (2-1, 1KO) taking on LaQuan Williams (0-1) in a four round Cruiserweight bout and the always exciting Benjamin “Dirty” Vinson (1-3, 1KO), of Tigard, Oregon, taking on Medford's Jose Cabrera (0-3) in a Lightweight four rounder.
Tickets to White Delight Promotions' “Rogue Valley Rumble II” are now on sale at Hawaiian Hut in Central Point, Oregon and at Bobbio's Pizza in both Central Point and Medford locations. General admission tickets are priced at $20 with a presale discount available. Ringside tables are also available. Doors to the event open at 6 p.m. with the first fight scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The Jackson County Expo Compton Arena is located at 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point, OR 97502. For more information visit http://www.whitedelightpromotions.com/ or visit the White Delight Promotions Facebook page.
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