Wal­dorf res­i­dent Reed re­mains un­de­feated in pro box­ing ca­reer

Wal­dorf res­i­dent wins with TKO, ex­pect­ing to fight later this sum­mer

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

In the days im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing his win over Abra­ham Cordero in their light wel­ter­weight bout at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York City, Wal­dorf res­i­dent Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed was ea­ger to take a brief respite from train­ing.

Reed, 23, im­proved to 19-0 in his pro­fes­sional box­ing ca­reer by de­feat­ing Cordero courtesy of a late sixth-round tech­ni­cal knock­out dur­ing an emo­tional week­end. Reed’s bout came just over a week af­ter box­ing leg­end Muham­mad Ali passed away at the age of 74 and one day be­fore the famed Puerto Rico Day in New York.

“It was def­i­nitely an emo­tional at­mos­phere,” Reed said. “I had only fought in the Gar­den once be­fore [a June 13, 2015 unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Luis Joel Gon­za­lez] and I loved the at­mos­phere. It was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this time around. They had a mo­ment of si­lence for Muham­mad Ali be­fore the fight and the next day was Puerto Rico Day, so the whole city was re­ally alive.”

As is the case fol­low­ing any fight, Reed typ­i­cally takes 10 days off from train­ing im­me­di­ately af­ter each bout and then gets back into the gym to be­gin pre­par­ing for this next bout. As part of his train­ing reg­i­men, Reed nor­mally runs 6 1/2 to 7 miles each morn­ing and then heads to the gym­na­sium later in the af­ter­noon. But right now he is con­tent to re­lax and un­wind.

“The run­ning and the train­ing in the weeks lead­ing up to any fight are so in­tense,” Reed said. “We tend to back off a lit­tle bit the week be­fore the fight, but the train­ing lead­ing up to that is re­ally in­tense. Af­ter a fight, I like to take 10 days off and just re­lax.”

Reed be­gan his ca­reer by

win­ning seven of his first nine fights at Rose­croft Race­way in Fort Washington, de­feat­ing Ka­reem McFar­land in his first pro­fes­sional bout on March 2, 2013. His sec­ond fight just over a month later oc­curred at the Show Place Arena in Up­per Marl­boro against Cas­sius Clay, no re­la­tion to the famed boxer later known as Muham­mad Ali.

Reed en­joyed be­ing part of the his­tory that en­veloped the arena at Madi­son Square Gar­den, site of sev­eral leg­endary fights in­volv­ing Ali. In fact, Ali won the first 31 fights of his ca­reer be­fore suf­fer­ing a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion set­back to Joe Fra­zier at MSG on March 8, 1971. Ali later avenged that de­feat nearly three years later with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory and nine months af­ter that he knocked out Ge­orge Fore­man in the famed “Rum­ble in the Jun­gle” in Kin­shasha, Zaire.

“It was amaz­ing to think that I was able to fight in the same ring as Muham­mad Ali,” Reed said. “He did so much for box­ing and so much that he did tran­scended sports. He was an amaz­ing per­son. He stood by his be­liefs and he fought for ev­ery­thing that he be­lieved in and out of the ring. To be able to fight there a week af­ter he passed away was an emo­tional mo­ment for me.”

Reed said he ex­pects to fight again later this sum­mer, per­haps as early as Au­gust or more real­is­ti­cally close to La­bor Day week­end. His pro­mot­ers, Top Rank Box­ing, will likely no­tify him later this week or just be­fore the Fourth of July week­end of his next op­po­nent, at which time he will re­sume his full-time train­ing and pre­pare to main­tain his un­blem­ished mark.

“I leave all of that up to my pro­mot­ers and my man­ager,” Reed said. “What­ever Top Rank has in mind for me, that’s what I’ll do. I like fight­ing ev­ery three months. I think I left a good im­pres­sion on my pro­mot­ers and my fans [against Cordero] and I’m get­ting a big­ger and big­ger fol­low­ing. That al­ways helps.”


Wal­dorf res­i­dent Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed im­proved to 19-0 in his pro­fes­sional box­ing ca­reer by de­feat­ing Abra­ham Cordero courtesy of a late sixth-round tech­ni­cal knock­out June 11 at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York City.

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