Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (21-0, 12 KOs) kicks off his 2017 campaign with exciting news of the first 10-round bout of his career, in his homestate of Maryland.
“It’s now time for me to go from prospect to a tough contender,” said the 24-year-old Reed.
Reed’s homecoming will be at The Theater inside the beautiful, brand new MGM National Harbor just minutes away from Washington, DC on the banks of the Potomac River.
Just a few months old, the world class gaming resort has 308 rooms and suites, 125,000 square feet of casino space, and a 3,000 seat venue which will host concerts and the next Top Rank card which includes headliners Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa on HBO.
“It’s very important for me to show Top Rank that I can sell out at home. Anyone who can sell out at home gets a longer rope in boxing,” said Reed.
That is exactly true when it comes to Top Rank’s projections. WBC and WBO Super Lightweight champion Terence Crawford has fought four times in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska with a scheduled fifth return this upcoming May.
Reed will be facing Reyes Sanchez (26-9, 15 KOs) from Mexico City, Mexico. Reyes had a very unsuccessful 2016 going 0-2, but is a durable opponent. Reed stresses this is the biggest fight of his career to date.
“This is my first 10 rounder. With 10 rounds comes higher rankings and potential TV time, which is my ultimate goal. So now my main focus is to put on a spectacular performance. My team and I have been working on my balance and bringing more power to my arsenal.”
Reed’s team includes his father, Michael “Buck” Pinson, Andre Hunter, Miguel Diaz and Ross Molovinsky, all of whom have been watching film on Mikey Garcia to help with implementing balance for Reed.
With camp starting soon, the hard work begins for Reed who will look to get his year started off in a big way in front of his hometown crowd on April 8, 2017.
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