By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Unbeaten cruiserweight Mike Wilson remained unbeaten Saturday night by scoring a unanimous decision over Ray Johnson in the main event at Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon. The SRO crowd of approximately 1700 was in a frenzy as the taller Wilson used a long jab and right hand to keep Johnson at bay throughout. Johnson (7-9) used a bobbing and weaving style in an attempt to get inside and at times was successful, but Wilson, a 4 time US amateur champion, had the experience and skill to stay in control of the fight. The Oregonian picked his spots when he had Johnson on the ropes to open up an impressive arsenal to the body and head. All three judges scored the fight 60-54 elevating Wilson’s record to (9-0).
The semi main event was a rematch between Seattle’s Eddie Hunter (7-8-2) and home town super middleweight Kevin Hand (4-4). Hunter won the first one in Seattle, and on this night won again in Hand’s backyard. The fight was filled with non-stop action as neither fighter gave an inch. Hand landed the larger volume of clean shots, while Hunter used a steady jab and overhand right to do his damage. Both fighters showed the signs of a hard fought battle at the bell with Hunter winning a majority decision on scores of 59-55, 58-56, 57-57.
Kelsey Jeffries (40-10-2) has been around a long time. She took on Claudia Gutierrez (3-1-1) in a 6 round super bantamweight bout. The action was calculated and infrequent as Jeffries picked her spots to score using traditional combinations, while Gutierrez used a good right hand as she was the stalker. One judge scored it 59-55 for Jeffries but was overruled by the remaining two judges who had it a 57-57 draw.
Junior welterweights Manual Mendoza (2-1-1) and Gabriel Pineda (3-0-2) fought to a draw in their 4 rounder.
Guillermo Del Gadillo (4-3-1) won a majority decision and the Pacific Northwest lightweight title over Marco Cardenas (4-4)in a 6 rounder. Neither had a KO punch, but they kept very busy scoring like a pair of Rock’em Sock’em Robots. Del Gadillo had a better body attack which scored plenty of points inside. Scores were 59-55, 58-56, 57-57.
Jerome Jones came from an MMA background and was getting a boxing lesson from Oscar Hernandez,(1-1) until he landed an overhand right which deposited Hernandez on the deck. Jones followed it up with a volley of punches which prompted a stoppage at 2:56 of round two scoring a TKO win for Jones in his debut.
Flyweights Skye Bell (0-2) and Liz McCarthy (1-0) put on a spirited fight in the evening’s opener but McCarthy landed more overhand lefts from her southpaw stance to score the unanimous decision.
The bouts were promoted by Patrick Ortiz & Ringside Ticket, and played to a packed house. Boxing returns to Seven Feathers in the summer.