NATIONAL HARBOR – Two of Mike Reed’s goals for 2017 were to fight a 10-round fight and fight on TV.
He checked one of those off his list Saturday night.
Reed (22-0), from Waldorf, fought his first 10-round fight and needed all 10 to gain a unanimous decision over Reyes Sanchez (26-10) at the MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino. Reed won the fight, nine rounds to one, on all the judges’ cards.
Even though he scored the unanimous decision, “Yes Indeed” Reed was not satisfied with his win.
“I looked like (crap),” Reed said. “We worked on a lot of things, but I was trying to knock him out.
“He hit me with a good body shot that slowed me down during the fight. After I landed a hard left to his body in the third round, I tried to knock him out and I should not have done that.”
Reed may have been over hyped by fighting his biggest fight to date in his hometown. Still, he showed some new tactics in the fight. He moved his body to the right and led with a left hand that connected to Sanchez’s face several times.
“This was a cool training camp,” Reed said. “We worked on a lot of new things, but I have to be better if I want to be world champion. It’s a learning process. This was my first 10-round fight. I was a little fatigued in the later rounds and was off balance once or twice.”
Reed’s promoter, Top Rank Boxing and Bob Arum, its chief operating officer, were pleased with the fight and see great things on the horizon for Reed.
“Mike is a very good talent. My guys think he is ready to make a move. We are going to put him in some main events and move him toward the inevitable title shot,” Arum said.
“He was so excited to fight in his home area and was very instrumental in the event selling out. I can see him fighting on TV again sometime in the fall.”
A sellout crowd of 2,828 loud and excited fans saw history when three Ukrainian fighters fought on American TV for the first time on the same boxing card. The main event fighter, Vasyl Lomachenko, who is number one on the “pound-for-pound best fighters list,” scored a TKO over Jason Sosa when Sosa could not come out for round 10.
Patrick Harris from Hyattsville improved to 11-0 with a unanimous decision over Omar Garcia. Harris, who fights out of the Headbangers Gym, won on all three judges’ cards, 80-72.
The MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino will be at it again on April 14, and again on May 20, with a championship fight featuring featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights. Both events will be shown on Showtime Championship Boxing.