Waldorf resident Reed remains undefeated in pro boxing career
Waldorf resident wins with TKO, expecting to fight later this summer
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.