Reed puts unbeaten record on the line again
Waldorf resident headed to Omaha for next bout
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!”
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.