Reed re­mains un­beaten

Waldorf na­tive aim­ing for ti­tle bout af­ter lat­est vic­tory

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

Al­though he fought on the un­der­card of su­per light­weight cham­pion Ter­rence Craw­ford who pre­vailed in the main event, Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed re­mained un­de­feated with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory over Robert “Red Hot” Frankel in a 10-round bout last Satur­day evening at Pin­na­cle Bank Arena in Lin­coln, Neb.

Reed (23-0 over­all) has not only re­mained per­fect in his ca­reer through this stage while fight­ing in the 140-pound weight class, he has won 11 fights by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion and the other 12 by knock­out. His lat­est tri­umph marked the fourth time he won a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion with­out yield­ing a round to his op­po­nent on any of the judges’ score­cards.

“Over­all, I thought it was one of my most com­plete fights,” Reed said. “I thought I could have gone more for the body. I knew go­ing in that Frankel was go­ing to be a tough op­po­nent. I heard he had plenty of en­durance and was tough to knock out. He fought a com­mend­able fight. But I was pleased with the way that I fought.”

Reed, 24, had main­tained a very busy sched­ule through the first four years of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer which be­gan with a four-round bout at Rose­croft Race­way in Prince George’s County, a venue known far more widely for un­veil­ing tal­ented ath­letes with four legs since 1949. He fought six times in 2013, six more times in 2014, five times in 2015 and four times last year.

But the Aug. 19 bout marked only Reed’s sec­ond fight of the cur­rent cam­paign and he is likely to have only one more bout later this fall or per­haps early win­ter. Reed’s three bouts in 2017 — as­sum­ing he has a third fight — will be the low­est to­tal of his ca­reer. But that is largely by de­sign since the du­ra­tion of each bout has grad­u­ally got­ten longer and the pool of com­pet­i­tive box­ers in his weight class is get­ting smaller.

“I think Top Rank has some­thing big­ger planned for me for my last fight this year,” said Reed, who ad­mit­ted he planned to take two weeks off from train­ing. “They’ve done a great job sched­ul­ing fights for me. But now I think they want me to fight some­one ranked. They haven’t said any­thing yet, but I re­ally be­lieve they have some­thing big planned for me next. Maybe even a ti­tle elim­i­na­tor.”

Reed, who won five of his first six fights by knock­out, has won his last three bouts by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion and, ac­cord­ing to the judges’ three score­cards for those matches, has only lost a grand sum of two rounds in those bouts. In fact, other than a Nov. 29, 2014 bout against Os­car Valen­zuela, a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in which he won only five of eight rounds on two judges cards, Reed has yet to yield more than one round to any foe.

“A lot of the credit goes to my fa­ther and my trainer [Michael “Buck” Pin­son],” Reed said. “When I was sched­uled for those six-round fights, he was train­ing me for eight rounds. When I started fight­ing eight rounds, he was train­ing me for 10 and now that I’m fight­ing noth­ing but 10-round fights from here on out he’s been train­ing me for 12 rounds. My stamina and en­durance is al­ways go­ing to be there.”

Reed had a chance to watch Craw­ford re­tain his ti­tle later on the same card and the Waldorf na­tive gained an im­me­di­ate ap­pre­ci­a­tion for a fighter that is widely con­sid­ered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the land.

“Craw­ford is amaz­ing,” Reed said. “He’s so im­pres­sive to watch the way he works an op­po­nent. I’ve seen him fight in per­son a few times now and I al­ways find some­thing that I can learn from him.”

Waldorf na­tive Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed, left, re­mained un­de­feated in his pro­fes­sional box­ing ca­reer (23-0) with a unan­i­mous 10-round de­ci­sion vic­tory over Robert “Red Hot” Frankel in their 140-pound bout at Pin­na­cle Bank Arena in Lin­coln, Neb., last Satur­day night.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY TOP RANK BOX­ING

Waldorf na­tive Mike “Yes In­deed” Reed, left, re­mained un­de­feated (23-0) in his pro­fes­sional box­ing ca­reer with a unan­i­mous, 10-round de­ci­sion vic­tory over Robert “Red Hot” Frankel last Satur­day night at the Pin­na­cle Bank Arena in Lin­coln, Neb.

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