Re­turn­ing home

Wal­dorf na­tive Reed set for first 10-round bout

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

In a sense, when Wal­dorf na­tive Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed en­ters the ring for his 10-round bout against Reyes Sanchez on Satur­day evening at the MGM Na­tional Har­bor in Prince Ge­orge’s County, the un­beaten boxer will look to at­tain sev­eral firsts.

In ad­di­tion to com­pet­ing in his first match of the year, Reed (21-0), cur­rently ranked fifth by the World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion in the Su­per Light­weight (140-pound) divi­sion, will be fight­ing for the first time at the MGM Na­tional Har­bor and he will be con­test­ing his first sched­uled 10-round and also be seek­ing to do so off a rare, four-month respite.

“Over the last two months, my train­ing has re­ally in­ten­si­fied,” said Reed, 24, who made his pro­fes­sional debut at Rose­croft Race­way in Prince Ge­orge’s County, less than five miles from Na­tional Har­bor. “It will be my first 10-rounder, but I’ve been train­ing for a 12-rounder. Any­time they add more rounds to my fights, I add two more rounds for my train­ing.”

Eight of Reed’s first nine fights were in Prince Ge­orge’s County — seven at Rose­croft in Fort Wash­ing­ton and one at The Show Place Arena in Up­per Marl­boro — and the other was in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. But his last two cam­paigns have taken him on the road to venues in New Jersey, New York, Las Ve­gas, Philadel­phia and most re­cently, Omaha, Neb. His 2017 debut will fi­nally be much closer to home.

“I’m re­ally for­ward to fight­ing at MGM Na­tional Har­bor and be­ing close to home,” Reed said of a venue that is slated to hold up­wards of 5,000 spec­ta­tors for box­ing matches. “They gave me 150 tick­ets for this fight and they were gone in

less than a week. I’m hop­ing to get some more be­cause I ex­pect at least 400 of my friends, fam­ily and fans to at­tend this fight.”

Reed be­gan his ca­reer by win­ning four con­sec­u­tive four-round bouts in 2013 then won seven con­sec­u­tive matches sched­uled for six rounds to ex­tend his record to 11-0. He recorded knock­outs in each of his two fights sched­uled for eight rounds and has won 10 straight fights at that du­ra­tion, of which only two ac­tu­ally went the dis­tance.

Reed did not re­call hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time mak­ing the tran­si­tion from four rounds to six and then from six rounds to eight and he does not en­vi­sion the added two rounds on Satur­day be­ing an is­sue. His op­po­nent Sanchez (26-9-2) has lost his last three bouts and the two have no com­mon op­po­nents on their ca­reer slate, but Reed ex­pects to have more than one ad­van­tage.

“We haven’t fought any­one the same, but I know he’s go­ing to be down a little, psy­cho­log­i­cally, hav­ing lost his last three fights,” Reed said. “I have seen a few of his fights. I have a lot of re­spect for him, but I think I have the ad­van­tage in skill and tech­nique and my con­fi­dence is re­ally high right now.”

Not only is Reed per­fect in 21 ca­reer bouts, win­ning 12 by knock­out and the other nine by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion and only one fight has been close. In his 12th ca­reer bout, Reed de­feated Os­car Valen­zuela by a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in an eight-round fight at Cen­tu­ryLink Cen­ter in Omaha, Neb. A glimpse at the judges score­cards re­vealed a 79-76, 77-75 and 77-75 sweep of the cards.

In his most re­cent fight, coin­ci­den­tally last De­cem­ber 10 at the Cen­tu­ryLink Cen­ter, Reed de­feated Sid­ney Siqueira in an eight-round unan­i­mous de­ci­sion where the scores in­di­cated Reed’s com­mand of the fight, 8073, 79-74 and 79-74. But in many of his bouts, Reed hardly pon­ders the ver­dict of the judges.

“Most of the time you pretty much know how well you’re do­ing,” Reed said. “I al­ways look to end the fight by a knock­out, but if it goes the dis­tance, I try to think about the score­cards. If I take care of busi­ness, I know that I’ll come out on top. I’m anx­ious to get back into the ring. It’s been a nice break from box­ing, but now I get a chance to step back into the ring and stay close to home.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Wal­dorf na­tive Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed, right, lands a hard right to Sid­ney Siqueira in his most re­cent bout last De­cem­ber in Omaha, Neb. Reed (21-0) will make his 2017 debut this Satur­day night against Reyes Sanchez (26-9-2) at the MGM Na­tional Har­bor in Prince Ge­orge’s County.

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