Mike Reed Successful in Top Rank Debut. Returns Nov. 29th on Crawford-Beltran Card.

WASHINGTON,D.C., U.S.A. – On Saturday night, October 4, 2014, light welterweight professional boxer, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (Waldorf, MD/Washington, D.C.) defeated Osnel Charles (Atlantic City, NJ) by unanimous decision. The three judges seated ringside at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, scored thesix-round bout 59-53, 60-52, and 60-52. Reed dropped Charles inround two, and later in the fight, the referee deducted a point from Charlesfor repeatedly spitting out his mouthpiece. Reed’s record is now 11-0, with 6KOs. Charles, a last minute opponent replacement, saw his record drop to10-11-1, 1 KO.

The twenty-one year old prospect talked abou this recent win. He said, “I was happy to get the win in Atlantic Cityand see so many fans come out to support me and my team. As far as my performance goes, I thought I performed well, but there’s always room for improvement. My opponent Charles was a crafty veteran, and he had tricks that helped him survive in the ring.. I always learn from my fights, and I plan to build on those things in my upcoming training camp. I showed Top Rank that they made the right decision to sign me. I have a good support team and I will continue to show that I have the tools to become a world champion.”

Michael “Buck” Pinson, Reed’s father, trainer, andmanager (Dream Team Boxing Gym/Clinton, MD), agreed with his Reed’s assessment. “Michael’s conditioning looked good in the fight, but we will go back to the gym and keep working to get better. Overall, I thought Mike’s Top Rank debut went well, and the representatives on hand seemed to enjoy his performance. Thank you to all the Team Reed supporters that came up for the fight. All of you were loud at the fight, and that made us feel like we were fighting at home.”

During his October fight, Reed wore a pink and white uniform to honor victims and survivors of breast cancer. He said, “The outfit I wore in the ring was to raise breast cancer awareness, as a tribute to everyone who has dealt with breast cancer. Two very important women in my life were diagnosed with it.

Fortunately, they both survived, but there are plenty of women who weren’t as fortunate. I’ll continue to show support, and eventually someone will find a cure for cancer. Thank you Nike Boxing/Athlete Performance Solutions(Machomai Boots), Nike Elite (Kay Yow socks), Ross Molovinsky and Team Reed for helping put together my outfit for this fight.”

Mike Reed is scheduled to return to the ring on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29, in an eight-round bout at the CenturyLinkCenter in Omaha, Nebraska. Reed’s fight will be featured on the HBO undercardof the WBO lightweight title fight between Terence Crawford and Ray Beltran. Reed’sopponent will be announced shortly.

Reed said, “November 29 will be a big night for TeamReed. Terence Crawford has always been a favorite boxer of mine, so it’s a realhonor to fight on his undercard. I’m told that the CenturyLink Center in Omahais going to be packed with boxing fans, so this is a great opportunity for me to expand my fan base on a terrific HBO undercard. Team Reed is looking forward to traveling out to Omaha. We plan to impress everyone in attendance and earn television time.”

Photo Credit: Craig Matthews

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Usmanee Plans to Keep Busy in the Ring While Waiting on Deck for Barthelemy vs. Mendez Winner.

Last Friday night (June 13) at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, one of the world’s best super featherweights, Afghani-Canadian Arash Usmanee (21-2-1, 10 KOs) returned to action with an eight-round decision over California’s Juan Ruiz (23-13, 7 KOs).
 
In the ring for the first time since his brave showing against WBO #1 ranked lightweight Raymundo Beltran in April, Usmanee fought off frustration over Ruiz’s veteran tactics to clearly win seven rounds.
 
Usmanee’s promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, says he was happy to see the Ruiz fight serve its purpose.
 
“Ruiz has gone the distance with a long list of top fighters and, true to form, he gave Arash eight rounds of work. One of the judges scored it a draw, but the other two were watching the fight and gave Arash a wide decision.”
 
The victory puts Usmanee back into contention at his natural weight of super feather. Against Beltran, Usmanee started out quite well, but fighting on short notice against a larger opponent, he eventually tired and dropped a unanimous decision.
 
“Arash deserves another shot at the super featherweight championship and that’s what we’re after,” continued Cohen. “He beat Rances Barthelemy everywhere but the scorecards and had a draw against the then-champion Argenis Mendez. Those are the top two guys in the IBF at 130 lbs. We’re going to keep him busy and wait for the winner of the upcoming Barthelemy vs. Mendez rematch or a fight against any of the other top super featherweights in the world.”

Ricky Burns vs Ray Beltran Sept. 7th Event Info.

SAN DIEGO, CA. (July 22, 2013) – On Saturday afternoon September 7 th , WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns will defend his crown when he takes on tough veteran Ray Beltran in a bout that will be televised in the United States on WealthTV and www.wealthtv.com

“We are excited to be able to bring this outstanding five-star world title fight to United States boxing fans”, said WealthTV President Charles Herring. “Beltran is a tough Mexican American fighter who cut his teeth and earned this opportunity the hard way. We just had top American heavyweight Tony Thompson go over to the United Kingdom twice and score big wins over David Price on WealthTV and it would not shock me if Beltran follows suit and brings home the title.”

The fight is promoted by Matchroom Sport and will originate from Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

“I’m delighted that Ricky’s fourth defense of his WBO title will be shown live in the States on WealthTV,” said Burns’ promoter Eddie Hearn. “Raymundo Beltran promises to be the toughest test yet of Ricky’s reign and with some big unification bouts on the horizon for Ricky, American fight fans will enjoy seeing the best of the Scotsman in front a passionate sold-old Glasgow crowd.”, said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.

Burns of Coatbridge, Scotland has a record of 36-2 with 11 knockouts and has not lost a fight in over six years which spans 21 fights. He won the WBO Super Featherweight title with a thrilling 12 round unanimous decision over Roman Martinez. He made three defenses of his crown which includes wins over Andreas Evensen and Joseph Laryea. He then stopped former WBO Super featherweight champion Nicky Cook in one round.

Burns moved up to Lightweight and in his first fight at the higher weight class, he scored a 12 round unanimous decision over former champion Michael Katsidis to win the WBO Interim title.

Burns won the full title with a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA champion Paulus Moses. Burns looked great in taking out fellow United Kingdom fighter Kevin Mitchell in four rounds. In his last bout, Burns had to dig deep but he retained the crown after Jose Gonzalez had to retire on the stool after nine rounds on May 11th.

Burns is 8-0 in world title fights.

Born in Los Mochis, Mexico, Beltran comes from an area that breeds great fighters. Now a resident of Phoenix, Arizona Beltran has a record of 28-6 with 17 knockouts.

“Ray Beltran is the Mexican buzzsaw who is always in the kind of action fight that fans like to see. Beltran will fight in a real entertaining battle against Ricky Burns. Boxing fans are in for a real treat,” said Bob Arum, CEO, Top Rank.

The 31 year-old has fought all over the United States in opponent’s hometowns and has had quality wins. He had a win over David Torres (21-1) before being on the wrong end of two debatable decisions to future world title challenger and undefeated Sharif Bogere and undefeated Luis Ramos Jr.

Beltran had won three in a row which started with his biggest win to date when he scored a ten round majority decision over then number-one ranked Hank Lundy in Lundy’s backyard of Atlantic City. He followed that up with a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Ji-Hoon Kim.

In his next bout, Beltran scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alejandro Rodriguez on April 27 th in Austin, Texas.

Beltran trains out of the Wild Card Gym and has been a frequent sparring partner with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

Beltran will be making his first attempt at a world title.