On Saturday, April 8, 2017, hometown favorite Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (22-0, 12 KOs) took on Reyes Sanchez (26-10-2, 15 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round Super Lightweight bout.
The fight was featured on the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa undercard at the brand new MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.
Reed came out looking to put on a big performance in front of his hometown fans who were fired up from the get go. Reed invested in the body early on and shot sharp power shots upstairs–primarily a nice hook which found a home often.
Through Round 3, Reed continued working the body of Sanchez, looking to break the Mexican down. Reed continued his dominance in Round 5 and 6, behind chants of “Mike, Mike Reed” from the partisan crowd.
Reed was comfortable, and at times dropped his hands as he walked in to throw lunging shots at his opponent, but as the fight went on you could see he was frustrated that he wasn’t able to drop or seriously hurt Sanchez.
Perhaps realizing the fight was destined to go the distance, Reed took his foot off the pedal in Round 9 and 10 and relied more heavily on movement and less on coming forward with hard combinations.
Mike went back to the corner after Rd. 8 looking a bit frustrated. Wants to get Sanchez out of there. #Boxing
— Crystina Poncher (@CrystinaPoncher) April 9, 2017
“I got him with a good shot in the third round. On a grade of 10 I did a four,” said Reed.
In the end, all judges saw the bout 99-91 in favor of Reed. There are a few good undefeated fighters who are also promoted by Top Rank, including Jose Ramirez and Alex Saucedo.
Could one of those fighters be next for Reed?