Wal­dorf’s Reed set to fight on Satur­day night in New York City

Wal­dorf res­i­dent Reed puts un­de­feated record on the line Satur­day

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

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.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MIKEY WIL­LIAMS/TOP RANK AND DAR­RYL COBB

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MIKEY WIL­LIAMS/TOP RANK AND DAR­RYL COBB

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.

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