On October 14, at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mike ‘Yes Indeed’ Reed (19-0-0, 11 KOs) will go toe-to-toe with Mexico’s Aaron ‘La Joya’ Herrera (29-5-1, 18 KOs). Reed, a Maryland native, is coming off a TKO win in June, while Herrera is trying to avoid three consecutive losses.
20th OPPONENT: I’ve seen him a couple of times, he’s somewhat a durable guy. I’ve seen him get stopped, I think, once or twice. But he’s a step up and he’s a live opponent. That’s what we need right now, me being 19-0, he’s definitely a good step up in the right direction. I’m just focusing on chopping down the last couple of pounds. I’m just ready.
PREPARATION: I’ve been sparring with Lamont Peterson, Day-Day Grayton, Jarret Hurd, a lot of good work all around the DMV area. I’ve been wanting to work with taller guys because Aaron is a little taller than me and he kind of likes to be rangy so that’s the sparring we’ve been getting. I’ve been the shorter guy all my life going back to when I was ten-years-old at 106lbs, I was a little short fat kid. I’ve learned new ways to get on the inside and use my speed to my advantage.
EXPECTATIONS: Realistically speaking we’ll get one more fight this year, that would be a good goal. If I do what I’m supposed to do against Aaron Herrera, maybe finish off the year strong in late December and go back to the drawing board and start to get ranked. I think Top Rank is doing a very good job moving me. I think the only thing I would want is a 10 rounder and TV time. Me and my team are ready for it, we’ve been training for 10 rounds the last couple of fights but it’s about them (Top Rank) having the right platform for me. Right now the focus has been the big guys, Terence Crawford, Manny Pacquiao, and Jesse Vargas. Those are the pivotal points right now in Top Rank’s stable. I don’t really have a problem with that, I just want my chance to show that I’m shining as well.
#GOLOVKINBROOK: I thought Kell Brook did well for himself in the early rounds. I thought he was taking a few too many heavy shots and that’s what doomed him later in the fight. I thought it definitely was a good fight while it lasted and I think Kell’s value actually went up instead of down even though he lost by knockout. He didn’t lose anything by going up to 160, he helped himself out. I really don’t think Triple G was at fault for taking that fight because nobody at 160 would fight him and nobody at 154 seemed too eager to go up. I would think that anybody that wants to fight me I’d fight them, in that case.
GGG: I think everybody who has a piece of the belt or everybody who says they’re the champ at 160 should just fight each other. Then Triple G should go up. I think he should do it the way Andre Ward did it. But the thing about Andre Ward was nobody was really afraid to fight Andre Ward because he wasn’t knocking guys out, he was just beating them on skill set. I think Triple G’s knockout factor has some people a little afraid to actually fight him.
GOING UP: Not right now, not at all. I wouldn’t do that. I would go down a weight class before I go up because I think I can make 135. I don’t see any reason to go up two weight classes. But I would go up two weight classes to fight Canelo especially if I knew I could get big fights at 140 after. Put me in there with anybody and I’ll hold my own. I spar bigger guys all the time so that’s never a problem with me. Even though I’m a short 140-pounder, I’m not a little 140-pounder. I’ll get in there with pretty much anybody.
BOYCOTTING BOXING: I’m disappointed in Canelo for not making the Triple G fight happen so I was like, “I’m gonna boycott this fight.” And it was on pay-per-view, which I don’t think should have been a pay-per-view fight. Although I understand why it was as far as Canelo’s popularity and he being the next big boxing superstar. I just think he should fight Triple G because he did have a middleweight title. I understand boxing is a business but you all also have to give the fans what they want to see sometimes. Everybody should have learned from the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight. That fight was at least five years past its prime. It still made all the money but the fight was boring. The fight didn’t live up to the expectations and I don’t think we as the boxing community should do the same thing for Triple G and Canelo. I think both of them are in their prime right now and they should just fight.
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