ATLANTIC CITY – Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed continued his comeback after suffering his first two losses as a pro. On June 20, Reed won a unanimous decision over tough Angel Hernandez (15-14) at Ovation Hall in the Ocean Casino in Atlantic City. It was his consecutive victory.
Reed, from Clinton, had to withstand the relentlessness of Hernandez with two and three-punch combinations all night long. However, Hernandez kept coming and took everything Reed threw at him. The Clinton south paw took several blows from his opponent and stood toe-to-toe with him most of the fight.
“I give myself a C tonight. I’m glad I won, but I am still on the comeback from taking over a year off,” said Reed. “All boxers want a knockout for bragging rights, but I’m just working myself back in shape. He was a tough SOB. We watched him and he has never been stopped in his 13 losses. His losses were by former world champions,”
The 5-foot-6 Reed is not used to boxing but said “I know I can box, but at my height, I’m used to standing and fighting. I had to force myself to box and when I moved, I was able to hit him and not get hit.”
When he stood and exchanged with Hernandez, he got hit through out the fight.
“He did hit me with some nice solid shots, but he never hurt me. He was a tough durable guy.” The judges had Reed win with scores of 78-74, 79-73, twice. Reed improved to 25-2, 13 KO’s.
Meanwhile, undefeated D’Mitrius Ballard’s fight against Elias Espadas ended in a no-contest after both fighters clashed heads in the first round. Espadas took the worse of the clash and started bleeding over his left eye. The ringside doctors looked at the cut but let the fight continue.
Other than the head butt, the first round was had little action. Ballard from Temple Hills picked it up in round two with a 3-hook combination that stunned Espada. He followed up with stiff jabs and single hooks to take control of the fight.
In round 3, Espadas caught Ballard with a hard, stiff right hand that pushed him to the ropes. That woke Ballard up and he begin to catch Espadas with a flurry of punches. His attack sent Espada across the ring.
Throughout the round, Espadas kept wiping his eyes with his gloves, forcing referee Benjy Esteves to stop the action as Espadas went to the doctor a second time. The doctor ruled that Espadas could not continue as blood was streaming down his face into his eyes.
“By New Jersey rules, a fight has to go to the halfway point for the judges to determine a winner after the fight is stopped for an accidental head butt,” said Esteves. “This was a ten-round fight, so the fight had to get through the fifth round. It didn’t, so it is ruled a no-contest.”
Ballard was extremely disappointed in the ruling.
“We were having a good fight. I am hoping for a rematch with Espadas,” said a desponded Ballard (20-0).