Reed im­prove to 21-0 with lat­est vic­tory

Wal­dorf res­i­dent look­ing for big TV fight in 2017

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

Fol­low­ing a year in which he recorded four more vic­to­ries to re­main un­de­feated in his pro­fes­sional box­ing ca­reer, Wal­dorf res­i­dent Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed re­mains op­ti­mistic that he can garner a cham­pi­onship bout some­time in the near fu­ture.

Reed, who turned 24 on Jan. 12, con­cluded his 2016 slate by post­ing an eight-round unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory over Sid­ney Se­queira of Brazil in their su­per light­weight bout at the Cen­tu­ryLink Cen­ter in Omaha, Neb., on Dec. 10. Now 21-0-0, Reed has won 12 fights by knock­out and nine by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, of which only one was close on the score­cards.

Reed, who notched the first vic­tory of his ca­reer against Ka­reem McFar­land on March 2, 2013 at Rose­croft Race­way in Prince Ge­orge’s County, learned some valu­able lessons in his lat- est bout against Se­queira. Reed knew the Brazil­ian would bat­tle through­out re­gard­less of the scor­ing, but he en­dured sev­eral unan­tic­i­pated cuts dur­ing the bout.

“We knew what to ex­pect from him,” Reed said. “He’s nick­named ‘The Ri­fle’ for a rea- son. He likes to throw hard, fast punches. What caught me off guard was the head butts. We head butted a cou­ple of times and I got a bruise un­der one eye and a cut over the other. It was a tough bout, but it was a good les­son.”

Reed had opened his 2016 cam­paign with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory against Sam- uel Amoaka at the 2300 Arena in Philadel­phia on March 18, win­ning all six rounds, ac­cord- ing to the three judges’ score­cards. His next two bouts, how- ever, would not go the dis­tance as Reed posted a sixth-round knock­out against Abra­ham Cordero on June 11, then fol- lowed that with a sev­enth-round knock­out of Aaron Her­rera on Oct. 14.

“It was a good year,” Reed said. “I thought I got a lot ac- com­plished. I had four good bouts against four good op­po­nents. My train­ing en­abled me to keep im­prov­ing. I prob­a­bly took a lit­tle more time off than usual af­ter my last fight. It was right around Christ­mas when I went back to train­ing.”

Reed had won all five of his fights in 2015, four of them by knock­out, one year af­ter go­ing 6-0 with a pair of knock­outs, de­feat­ing a pair of pre­vi­ously un­de­feated fight­ers and then sign­ing a pro­mo­tional deal with Top Rank Box­ing. He had won all six of his bouts in his rookie cam­paign of 2013, fol­low­ing an am­a­teur ca­reer when he went 90-13.

“All of our match­mak­ers feel he will be mak­ing a big mark on the sport of box­ing,” said Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum in a news re­lease. “With- out much time pass­ing, he will be ap­pear­ing on the stage in a big, tele­vised fight on HBO, or on our pay-per-view events. He is one of the bright­est lights in box­ing.”

Reed, who won the 2005 Na­tional Sil­ver Gloves Cham­pi­onship, the 2009 U.S. Ju­nior Na­tional Cham­pi­onship and the 2011 Na­tional Gold Gloves ti­tle, is cur­rently ranked sixth by the World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion among su­per lightweights. A south­paw fighter by trade, Reed is trained by his fa­ther, Michael “Buck” Pin­son.

“My dad is great at keep­ing me on sched­ule,” Reed said. “He might change some things here and there, de­pend­ing on where he thinks I need to im­prove. But he’s got me on a pro­gram of run­ning, con­di­tion­ing and spar­ring. I usu­ally take a week to 10 days off af­ter a fight, but other than that it’s busi­ness as usual for me in the gym.”

Reed, whose four fights last year were in three dif­fer­ent states, in­clud­ing one at The Theater at Madi­son Square Gar­den, of­ten deemed one of the mec­cas of box­ing in the United States over the last 100 years, has re­mained pa­tient while await­ing his chance to un­veil his tal­ents in a cham­pi­onship bout on a big stage.

“He has got­ten bet­ter and bet­ter each time out over the last year,” Carl Moretti, vice pres­i­dent of Top Rank, said in a news re­lease. “He has im­pressed all of us at Top Rank with his steady and con­sis­tent per­for­mances. Out of the ring, Mike and his dad ‘Buck’ are as pro­fes­sional, re­spect­ful peo­ple as you’ll ever meet. Both are a great plea­sure to work with and pro­mote.”

PHOTO BY MIKE WIL­LIAMS

Wal­dorf res­i­dent Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed lands a right punch against Sid­ney Se­queira in their re­cent bout at the Cen­tu­ryLink Cen­ter in Omaha, Neb. Reed won an eight-round unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to keep his pro box­ing record per­fect at 21-0-0.

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