FRESNO, Calif. – Waldorf’s Mike Reed had two goals for 2017.
One was to fight his first 10-round fight, while the other was to fight on TV.
Reed achieved both of his goals, however probably not in the fashion he would have liked.
While Reed won his first two 10-round decisions, last weekend he fought on his biggest stage to date and suffered his first defeat at the hands of Jose Ramirez as the co-main event on ESPN.
Ramirez, the hometown fighter, helped draw over 13,000 fans – the most to ever see a Mike Reed fight.
Ramirez knocked out Reed in the second round when referee Jack Reiss stopped the action at 1:43 after Reed had been knocked down – also a first. Reed was not punching back, even after Reiss told him he had to fight back. Ramirez was loading up on hard body shots and Reed was unable to finish the second round.
Round one seemingly went to Ramirez, but “Yes indeed” Reed landed a couple of left hooks and a counter right. None of the blows seemed to bother Ramirez though, a former Olympian. Reed, 24, and Ramirez, 25, have had parallel amateur careers with tremendous success.
“He hurt me with a good body shot, but the fight should have never been stopped,” Reed said.
Ramirez (21-0, 16 KO’s) has a style of swarming his opponents. He was in Reed’s (23-1, 12 KO’s) face from the first seconds of the first round. It was hard to tell which blow hurt Reed, but it could have been the left hook to the head that had him covering up his face. Shortly afterwards Reed hit the canvas for the first time.
Reed also hit the floor for a second time, but Reiss ruled that he was pushed. It could have been called a knock down.
Martinez was gracious toward Reed, telling him, “don’t worry, you’ll be back.”
All fighters lose. Reed has to figure out what went wrong in his first loss and make the adjustments moving forward.
Other local fighters will be in action later this month. The young Russells, Antuanne and Antonio, will fight in Florida on Nov. 21. The fight will be shown on FS1. It also looks like Lamont Roach, Jr. will fight at the MGM Resort Hotel and Casino on Nov. 30 on ESPN.