Waldorf’s Reed set to fight on Saturday night in New York City
Waldorf resident Reed puts undefeated record on the line Saturday
Saturday night Waldorf resident Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed will put his unblemished record on the line when he competes at Madison Square Garden in New York City, site of many legendary fights over the past 100 years including a trio involving the late, great Muhammad Ali, who passed away last Friday.
Like many young boxers, Reed, 23, gained both an admiration and an appreciation for Ali at a very early age, well before his career began. Reed, who is 18-0 with 10 knockouts in his professional career heading into Saturday’s bout with Abraham “Bombi” Cordero (13-2-1) of Mexico on the HBO Boxing undercard, first recalled hearing about Ali when he was in the third grade at Orr Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
“Muhammad Ali was not only one of the greatest boxers of all-time, he did so many things that transcended the ring,” Reed said. “When the teacher made the bullet point presentation in school, I was so amazed by Ali and so
impressed that I started to want to learn more about boxing. I guess it’s going to be that much more meaningful having my next fight at Madison Square Garden right after Muhammad Ali died.”
Reed had one prior fight at Madison Square Garden, site of two Ali-Frazier heavyweight title bouts at the famed New York arena, but a second one scheduled for Feb. 27 was canceled abruptly when his opponent failed his prefight medical exam. Reed eventually made his 2016 debut in the ring one month later, defeating Samuel Amoako in a unanimous decision.
Reed’s fight this Saturday is not a title bout, but it is on the undercard of two title fights. Roman “Rocky” Martinez will defend his WBO Junior Lightweight title against Vasyl Lomachenko, while Felix Verdejo will defend his WBO Latino Lightweight title against Juan Jose Martinez. Then on Sunday New York City will host the famed Puerto Rican Day Parade.
“I love the atmosphere at Madison Square Garden,” Reed said. “It’s a great place to box and they always have an enthusiastic, knowledgeable crowd. The Garden has been home to so many championship fights. Cordero has fought all of his fights in Mexico. He has wins against several opponents with quality records and he has put together a nice win streak going into this fight. I don’t get to fight southpaws often, so I’m looking forward to fighting him.”
Like many young boxers climbing the professional ranks of his weight class, Reed is hoping to leave a lasting impression on the spectators and promoters. Currently, Terence Crawford (WBO), Viktor Postal (WBC) and Eduard Troyanovsky (IBF) each own a respective title in the 140-pound weight class, while the WBA title remains vacant.
“My goal for this fight is to put on a show for the fans, HBO and Top Rank executives and all the media that have shown me a tremendous amount of support,” Reed said. “I plan to show everyone why my name must be mentioned among the top boxing prospects in my weight class. My opponent wasn’t able to get medical clearance the last time I was scheduled to fight at the Garden, but Top Rank did a great job of getting me right back on another big card.”
Waldorf resident Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed will put his unblemished record on the line when he competes at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night versus Abraham “Bombi” Cordero (13-2-1) of Mexico on the HBO Boxing undercard.
Waldorf resident Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed will put his unblemished record on the line when he competes at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night versus Abraham “Bombi” Cordero (13-2-1) of Mexico on the HBO Boxing undercard.