Wal­dorf’s Reed to put un­beaten record on the line

Wal­dorf res­i­dent head­ing back to Philly for fight

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

In the weeks lead­ing up to his fight this evening against Aaron Her­rera at the 2300 Arena in Philadel­phia, Wal­dorf res­i­dent Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed has main­tained a steady reg­i­men of run­ning daily and spar­ring with var­i­ous lo­cal fight­ers.

Reed (19-0) who has won 11 of his fights by knock­out and the other eight by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, is rapidly climb­ing the ranks of the Su­per Light­weight (140 pounds) di­vi­sion and is cur­rently rated sev­enth in the United States Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion rat­ings and 15th by the North Amer­i­can Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion in only three years as a pro­fes­sional.

But Reed is hardly con­tent with scan­ning the rank­ings to find his name. He has main­tained a very busy sched­ule of train­ing, par­tic­i­pat­ing in foot­ball-like two-a-days three times each week, and spend­ing am­ple time in the ring. He fought six times in 2013, an­other six times in 2014 and had five bouts last year and tonight will be his third fight this year.

“I’m just one of those fight­ers that likes to stay busy,” Reed said af­ter Mon­day’s work­out in Wal­dorf. “My fa­ther, Michael Pin­son, who is also my trainer, knows what is best for me. When he wants me to work on some­thing, he makes sure that

I get in the ring and spar. When he thinks I’m sharp for a fight, he backs off my spar­ring and fo­cuses on other as­pects on my train­ing.”

Her­rera (29-4-1) has won 18 of his fights by knock­out and was knocked out in one of his four de­feats. He won the first 19 fights of his ca­reer and once held the WBC Mundo His­pano Light­weight Cham­pi­onship. But af­ter a loss to Fer­nando Gar­cia in Ti­juana on July 21, 2012 and two sub­se­quent losses, Her­rera re­placed trainer Ro­man Acosta for Julio Tar­rago.

“He’s tall and he’s go­ing to have a reach ad­van­tage,” Reed said of Her­rera. “But I think he can be lured into a brawl. I want to def­i­nitely get him into a bat­tle. He’s very good. He re­minds me of Jorge Mar­quez who I fought [at Rose­croft Race­way in Fort Wash­ing­ton] two years ago. He’s def­i­nitely very good, but I think I can lure him into a brawl.”

Reed’s most re­cent fight was a six-round tech­ni­cal knock­out over Abra­ham Cordero at Madison Square Gar­den in New York City, of­ten known as one of the East Coast’s most famed box­ing venues and sports are­nas in gen­eral. His pre­vi­ous fight ear­lier in the year was against Sa­muel Amoaka, who Reed de­feated by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion and by win­ning all six rounds ac­cord­ing to the three judges score­cards, at the 2300 Arena.

“It’s not a re­ally big place, but it’s a great place to fight,” Reed said of the 2300 Arena. “The place had a re­ally good at­mos­phere. The best part for me is that it’s not that far away. It’s only a two-hour drive so my fam­ily and friends and fans can makes that trip up and still make it back to have a full week­end at home.”

Reed, who knocked out Ka­reem McFarland in the first round of their sched­uled four­round fight in his ca­reer de­but at Rose­croft on March 2, 2013, not only owns a per­fect record from 19 fights he has al­most been per­fect within those bouts. In four of his eight unan­i­mous de­ci­sions he has won ev­ery round ac­cord­ing to the three judges score­cards for those bouts.

In his third fight against DeMar­cus Rogers at the Wal­ter E. Wash­ing­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Reed lost one round ac­cord­ing to one of the three judges and later in his eighth fight against Bi­lal Ma­hasin at Rose­croft, he lost one of the six rounds ac­cord­ing to one judge.

Reed’s only rel­a­tively close fight, at least ac­cord­ing to the judges score­cards posted, came against Os­car Valen­zuela at the Cen­tury Link Cen­ter in Omaha, Neb. Reed won that fight by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, but the score­cards read 79-76, 77-75, 7775, mean­ing that two of the judges thought Reed only won five of the eight rounds.


Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed lands a left jab to the jaw of Abra­ham Cordero in their bout at Madison Square Gar­den in June. Reed recorded a sixth-round knock­out that night to keep his per­fect record in tact at 19-0. He is fight­ing Fri­day night against Aaron Her­rera at the 2300 Arena in Philadel­phia.

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