Reed puts un­beaten record on the line again

Wal­dorf res­i­dent headed to Omaha for next bout

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Wal­dorf res­i­dent and pro­fes­sional boxer Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed has al- ways pre­ferred to main­tain a busy fight sched­ule, so per­haps it only seems fit- ting that less than two months af­ter he knocked out Aaron Her­rera to record his 20th straight vic­tory he will head to Omaha, Neb., to face Sid­ney Siqueira in an­other eight-round bout on Dec. 10.

Reed (20-0, 12 knock­outs), who knocked out Her­rera in the sixth round of their sched­uled eight-round bout at the 2300 Arena in Philadel­phia on Oct. 14, will ac­tu­ally be par­tic­i­pat­ing in his sec­ond bout at the Cen­tu­ryLink Cen­ter in Omaha.

Reed, 23, con­tin­ues to im­press box- ing experts in the light wel­ter­weight (140 pounds) and will be fight­ing on the un­der­card when Ter­ence Craw­ford de­fends his WBC and WBO World Su­per Light­weight ti­tles against John Molina Jr., in the main event.

“My op­po­nent [Siqueira] for this up­com­ing fight has a good record (26-111), but all I see is an­other test for me and an op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue learn­ing,” Reed said. “I re­ally ex­pect to be able to dom­i­nate the fight and I’m ex­pect­ing to be able to knock him out. I plan to show every­one in Omaha why I’m one of the best prospects at 140 pounds. I’d like to put my­self in po­si­tion to get a ti­tle shot by the end of the year.”

Reed ad­mits that he is typ­i­cally one of his own big­gest crit­ics, but he liked the way that he fought against Her­rera and with the up­com­ing fight on a quick turn­around he ex­pects to con­tinue to move for­ward rapidly.

“That last fight was the first time in my ca­reer that I would give my­self a grade of an ‘A,’” Reed said. “I usu­ally

find some things to mark down, but I re­ally thought I dom­i­nated that last fight from the start. My dad [trainer Michael Pin­son] had me in peak shape for that bout and I think I’m still in peak shape. [Her- rera] never quit. He never stopped. So if I wasn’t in peak con­di­tion, it might

have been a lot dif­fer­ent fight.”

Reed earned his 12th pro­fes­sional vic­tory in his pre­vi­ous bout at Cen­tu­ryLink Cen­ter two years ago, but the Wal­dorf res- ident con­sid­ers him­self far more sea­soned and pol­ished since that bout. Reed will be com­pet­ing in a big­ger venue and his next fight will be on the un­der­card of the HBO World Cham­pi­onship

Box­ing card that evening.

“The last time I fought in Omaha, I earned my 12th vic­tory,” Reed said. “Dur­ing that week, I had a great time spend­ing my Thanks­giv­ing there and re­ally en­joyed per­form- ing in front of a ca­pac­ity crowd at Cen­tu­ryLink Cen­ter. This time around, I’ll be re­turn­ing to Omaha as a more ex­pe­ri­enced boxer. I’m more con­fi­dent of my­self in the ring and I

don’t ques­tion my fa­ther’s di­rec­tives as I had done oc­ca­sion­ally in the past.”

Reed has won his three pre­vi­ous fights this year, two of them via knock- out, but he hardly re­mains con­tent to rest on his lau­rels through this stage of his ca­reer. Reed un­der­stands that he needs to con­tinue to win his bouts de­ci­sively in or­der to con­tinue to im­press pro­mot­ers and

Top Rank box­ing that he de­serves a chance at a ti- tle fight next year.

“I didn’t take too many days off af­ter my last fight and every­thing has been go­ing well in camp so far,” Reed said. “I’ve had a great 2016 so far, go­ing 3-0 with two knock­outs. Look for me to have a great per­for­mance on De­cem­ber 10, im­press Top Rank and the HBO Box­ing team and then ride that mo­men­tum into 2017 — yes in­deed!”

PHOTO BY DARYL COBB JR.

Wal­dorf res­i­dent Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed, right, lands a left up­per­cut to Aaron Her­rera at the 2300 Arena in Philadel­phia on Oct. 14. Reed (20-0, 12 KOs) won that fight by sixth-round knock­out to re­main un­de­feated in his pro­fes­sional box­ing ca­reer as a light wel­ter­weight ca­reer.

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