At the age of 24, Mike is a four-year pro. A rising young contender at 140 pounds – ranked No. 6 by the WBO – he is a former amateur standout.
He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress as a pro – he fought six times in 2013, six times in 2014, five times in 2015, and four times in 2016.
Mike stepped up to 10-round status for the first time in his last fight on April 8 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, and won a unanimous decision against Reyes Sanchez.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Mike Reed put in a workmanlike effort in a dominant decision victory against Reyes Sanchez.
Reed didn’t do anything fancy but ground down Sanchez with a steady attack to win 99-91 on all three scorecards. Seconds before the end of the sixth round, he had Sanchez reeling from a series of clean shots as the round ended. Reed continued to take it to Sanchez, but he stood up to many clean punches. [End Rafael item]
BoxingScene.com’s Jake Donovan wrote [Jan. 11, 2016 – excerpts]: Reed has stepped up his game over his past several fights, hardly a surprise given his rich boxing background. A noted amateur who claimed several titles in compiling a 90-13 record, the southpaw joined a movement of gifted boxers who – in light of major changes in the amateur ranks – opted to turn pro in lieu of making a run for the 2016 U.S. Olympic boxing team.
“He has gotten better and better each time out over the last year,” insists Carl Moretti, vice president of operations for Top Rank. “He has impressed all of us at Top Rank with his steady and consistent performances. Out of the ring, Mike and his dad Buck (Michael “Buck” Pinson) are as professional, respectful people as you’ll ever meet. Both are a great pleasure to work with and promote.”
As classy as he is outside the ring, Reed has proven to be a fighter to watch from bell to bell. [End Donovan item]