Mike Reed opened up his second year as a pro fighter with a 5 round TKO of Jorge Marquez on the first Keystone Boxing card of 2014. Reed, Jr. Welterweight, (7-0), showed the poise of a fighter well beyond his years. He was poised in front of an excellent opponent who came all the way from Phoenix, Arizona with a record of 4-1. Marquez took the action to Reed and landed some quality blows to Reed’s head. Reed showed no fear and proved to himself that he is ready for the stiffer competition he will face, when he knows he will have to take some blows.
“My lead hook was working best for me tonight. I had a lot of success with my jab…I felt real good with my hand speed. I don’t want any easy wins. It may look like they are easy wins, but he was a tough guy”, said Reed, known as “Yes Indeed” Reed. Marquez showed some boxing skills against Reed and landed some shots. “I got hit a couple of times but he never buzzed me. I got buzzed in a couple of my other fights, but he never buzzed me tonight”, recalls Reed.
In the 5th round, Reed kept the pressure up on Marquez and with 2:34 left in the round, he caught Marquez on the side of the head near the ear and the temple. At that time, he put his hand up to the side of his head and started to walk away from Reed, when referee David Braslow stopped the fight. A large crowd showed both fighters how pleased they were with a thunderous applause.
Match maker Ross Molovinsky put together a great card. The best may have been the fight featuring Manny Aleem and Timothy Hall. This was a hard fought bout with both fighters throwing some hay makers. Hall took everything Aleem dished out. Aleem held on for a unanimous decision to improve his record to 7-0. Other winners were P.J. Cajigas who introduced Dimitrius Nolan to the pros with a first round KO at 1:44. Nolan went down like a statue. Marquel Johns TKOed Carlos Alcala in round 2, Larry Recio knocked Malcolm Green clearly out of the ring with a first round KO at :44, Marcus Bates and Stephon Mcintyre fought to a split draw. Home town fighter, Bates was knocked down in round 2 and had to rally in rounds 3 and 4 to gain the draw. In the co-feature, Jarrett Hurd was called a “coward” by Chris Chatman at the end of round 5, claimed a split decision against an awkward southpaw that was all over the place. Hurd showed a lot of cool against such a tough, but wild opponent. Please subscribe and keep up with the young fighters and the excellent fight shows promoted by Keystone Boxing.