BOXING: Meriden’s Wilson returns to the ring hungry to rebound from lost decision

BOXING: Meriden’s Wilson returns to the ring hungry to rebound from lost decision


MERIDEN — It’s been five weeks since David Wilson tasted defeat for the first time as a pro fighter and the Meriden boxer is hungry to get back in the ring.

Wilson will have that chance this Saturday night in a bout with Ray Oliveira Jr. (7-1) at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I.

“It’s more of my opponent’s backyard,” Wilson said. “I will fight anywhere. I’m not afraid to fight anywhere, even if it’s hometown. I will have my fan base coming. It will be nice to have my support there.

“It’s going to be a packed arena and there’s going to be a lot of energy, and it’s only going to get the best out of me. I have something to prove and I’m going to go there and prove myself.”

Wilson, a 28-year-old southpaw, fell by decision to Pennsylvania’s Erik Spring (9-1-2) at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia on Aug. 11. Wilson’s trainer, Sean Malone Jr. of Wallingford, said Wilson learned a lot from that loss.

“He learned that the fight game ain’t easy,” Malone said. “You ain’t going to go into another guy’s hometown and squeak out a victory. You need to finish your rounds. A few punches here or there is big. It was a two-point difference for him to win it or lose it. With a few five-punch combinations, those rounds are his easy.

“At the end of the fight, you want to be confident that it’s automatic. You don’t want to leave it to the judges. You want to make it obvious.”

Malone and Wilson have been in the gym every day in preparation for Saturday’s bout.

“I feel good,” Wilson said. “Training is going well. We corrected our mistakes and we are going into this fight really positive and we are going to make a statement. We are going there to fight our heart out and get a W.

“I’m not looking for a knockout, but I want to make it clear to the audience and the judges that I won the fight,” Wilson added. “At the end of the fight, it’s out of your hands and it’s up the judges. Every judge has a different perception of how they saw the fight. You want to make it easy for them. I want to go in there and let it be known that I dominated that fight.”

Malone said Wilson is ready.

“He’s sharp and his punches are there,” Malone said. “He took a few days off after the last fight. The only thing we had to work on was getting his weight right and his timing right. You can’t over-train him. We kept him at an even pace. We picked up his sparring the last few nights and now we will shut him down for the week.”

Malone also said he’s noticed a change in Wilson since the loss.

“His intensity in the gym has been greater,” the trainer said. “I have to bring him back a little bit and have him relax. Nobody likes to lose. Hopefully, it will stick into him. There’s no losing now. You don’t want another one on your record. It’s up to him right now.”

One of Wilson’s sparring partners, West Haven’s Jimmy Williams, will be fighting in the main event. Williams, who is originally from New Jersey, is 14-0-1. He currently holds the WBC United States welterweight title.

“Outside of Jimmy’s fight, David’s fight is a fight getting a lot of talk,” Malone said.

“This is two young bucks who are mixing it up early in their careers. Usually, you don’t see fights like this. It should be a good fight.”

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