By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Saturday night Patrick Ortiz and Ringside Ticket Promotions put on eight great bouts which thrilled the 1,500 fans at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon with back and forth action, sensational power displays, and a chance to see two legitimate prospects in competitive fights. In the main event, unbeaten super middleweight Mike Gavronski (10-0-1, 8 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over against Kevin Hand (3-3, 3 KOs) for the Pacific Northwest Association title.
Albany, Oregon’s Hand is the type of guy that “prospects” like to stay away from. He is a tall, strong over-achiever who has good power and is ever improving. He had the added advantage of fighting in front of his hometown fans and having six weeks to prepare for the fight.
Gavronski, a Tacoma native who fights out of Chicago, started fast, using his boxing skills and quick feet to move in and out behind a stiff jab and four-punch combinations. In round two Hand realized what Gavronski was trying to establish and began pressing the action. He walked into straight right hand leads for his trouble as Gavronski continued to work behind a very good jab and a sustained body attack.
What Hand did accomplish however was to make Gavronski work hard. Rounds three and four were close as Hand continually pressed the action finding the range for his jab and landing uppercuts on the inside.
The action in rounds five and six were why people pay to see the Sweet Science live. Every time Hand landed a barrage on Gavronski, the tough Tacoma native responded with a series of hard combinations of his own. This action went on for six non-stop minutes which brought the crowd to its feet. Gavronski was awarded the unanimous decision by scores of 59-55 and 58-56 twice, as he added a legion of new fans to his ever growing Army.
The second prospect on the show was unbeaten Medford, Oregon cruiserweight Mike Wilson, who improved to 7-0, 3 KO with a classy performance against Harry Gopaul (1-4). Wilson used his height and reach to perfection keeping Gopaul at the end of a long jab while occasionally mixing in classic combinations to keep the Sacramento native off balance.
Gopaul had his moments as he used a bobbing and weavaing style to work his way in and landing stiff jabs and left hooks on his bigger opponent. It was a competitive fight but Wilson managed to always be a step ahead earning the unanimous nod.
The undercard looked as follows;
Jr Lightweight Guillermo Delgadillo( 4-2-1, 1 KO) grinded out a tough decision over Corben Page,( 4-4, 1 KO).
Jr Lightweight Marco Antonio Cardenas (4-3) from Salem, OR surprised Azuza, California’s Danny Martinez (2-2-1, 2 KOs) winning via 4 round UD in an action packed bout.
Kevin Davila (1-1-1) and Gerardo Reyes (1-2-1) fought to a draw in yet another jr lightweight bout.
Sylvester “Doc” Barron quietly improved to 6-1, 1 KO with a unanimous decision over George Thompson (1-1) in a heavyweight clash. This one was a wild affair with Thompson staggering Barron on a few occasions, but Barron landing more shots.
MMA fighter David Courchaine (1-2) won his first fight as a boxer KOing Rafael Umarov with a right hand in round one in a light heavyweight battle.
All in all it was a fantastic night of fights which left the fans clamoring for more. Boxing returns to the beautiful Seven Feathers Casino &Resort in March 2013. See you at the fights.