The date has changed and also it looks as if the original opponent may change as well for Dusty Hernandez-Harrison. Hector Munoz, probably may not be facing Harrison because of the cancellation of the Sept. 27 contest. Until further notice the Harrison bout may or may not be for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title. We'll keep you updated on any changes.
Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed stepped on the scale today in Atlantic City at the Bally's Hotel and Casino. Reed (10-0, 6 KO's) weighed in at 140 lbs. His opponent "Prince" Osnel Charles (10-10-1, 1 KO) of Atlantic City by way of Haiti came in at 138 lbs. This will be a six-round jr. welterweight contest.
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A. - Undefeated featherweight professional boxer Gervonta "Tank" Davis (Baltimore, MD/pro record: 8-0, 8 KOs) returns to the ring on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Davis will face German "Panteonero" Meraz (47-31-1, 25 KOs) in a six round bout. Davis' fight will be televised on ESPN2, and is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing & Promotions, LLC. In the main event, Arkansas' Jermain Taylor will challenge Australia's Sam Soliman for the IBF Middleweight Title.
On Friday night, September 26, 2014, Davis held a pre-fight public workout titled, "Bullying Stops Here," at Mondawmin Mall center court in Baltimore, Maryland. Team Davis put on a boxing workout exhibition, which included mitt work, heavy bag drills, jump rope, and various other training exercises. Following the workout, Davis spoke to the crowd about bullying, signed autographs and took pictures with his supporters. Davis said, "The public workout at Mondawmin Mall was great. Thank you to everyone who showed up to support me. Bullying is a very important topic in our country right now, and I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of how people can be hurt by it. At the workout, a few boxers from my gym shared some stories we've had with bullying. Hopefully, we helped someone in the crowd who was watching. Bullying definitely stops here!"
Davis spoke about his upcoming televised fight. He said, "I've always dreamed about making my television debut, and now it will happen on October 8. Thank you Al Haymon, Team Davis, and ESPN2 for helping make my dream come true. I've been putting in solid work in the gym and I will be ready for my fight. This will be my first time fighting in Mississippi, so I'm looking forward to putting on a show for the crowd. I can't wait to represent my city of Baltimore. Thank you to my fans that keep supporting me. I'll keep fighting for you."
Gervonta's longtime boxing trainer, Calvin Ford (Upton Boxing Center) said, "It was great to see such public support for our team at our mall workout. Thank you to Mondawmin Mall, Kenny and Mia Ellis, Alijiah Williams, Daniel Coleman, Darrell Chase, Shoe City, Rich Brand Apparel, Nike Boxing, and RK Jewelers for helping make our event really special. The public workout allowed our city to get a glimpse of what 'Tank' can do, and how he can entertain a crowd. Gervonta was talking to the kids about doing well in school, spoke about bullying, and he really brought a positive showmanship to the event.”
Ford talked about Davis' preparation for his upcoming bout. "We have had a great camp for this fight. Thank you to Club One Fitness and Upton Boxing Center for helping provide the quality sparring for our camp. We are facing a crafty veteran opponent in Meraz, but we'll be prepared for whatever he brings to the table. Davis has worked hard his whole life to get this TV opportunity. We are looking forward to getting back in the ring to show what we've been working on for this fight. I can't wait for the world to see Gervonta's talent on ESPN2."
Tickets for Davis' ESPN2 fight in Mississippi are priced at $89.95, $69.95, $49.95 and $29.95, plus tax and service charges, and can be purchased at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office by phone (888) 566 7469 or through any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 4:45pm CT and the first bout is scheduled for 5:30pm CT.
MIKE “YES INDEED” REED MAKES HIS TOP RANK DEBUT ON OCTOBER 4.
Reed returns to Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will face Mexico’s Juan Manuel Montiel in a six-round bout.
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. - Twenty-one year old light welterweight professional boxer, Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed (Washington, D.C./pro record: 10-0, 6 KOs), returns to the ring on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Bally's in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On the fight card, promoted by Top Rank, Reed will face Juan Manuel Montiel (Mexico City, Mexico/pro record: 7-6-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. This is Reed's first fight since he signed with Top Rank in July, 2014. The main event will feature New Jersey's Glen Tapia against Lithuania's Donatas Bondorovas.
Michael “Buck” Pinson, Reed’s father, manager and trainer, talked about the upcoming fight on October 4. "Our opponent Montiel is a tough guy who went the distance with several undefeated fighters, and had draws with Carlos Molina and David Rodela. Even though he has six losses, I think he will give Mike the rounds he needs at this stage of his career. We appreciate that valuable fight experience that Montiel brings to the table. Top Rank knows the boxing business, and they are going to select the proper opponents that will help guide my son to a world title. Fighting at home or on the road isn't a problem. At one time, Mike was one of the top amateurs, so we've traveled and competed all over the country.” Pinson talked about training camp for this fight. He said, “At this point, camp is winding down, and Michael has put in the necessary work and is ready to fight. Training camp is the hard part, fighting is when boxing becomes fun. Michael’s job is to put the work in the gym and do whatever schoolwork is necessary for college. It’s that simple. We don’t worry about opponents getting switched or guys pulling out of a fight. I understand that happens sometimes in this sport, so we just continue doing our part to be mentally and physically prepared for whatever our opposition may bring to the fight in Atlantic City.”
Mike Reed talked about returning to Atlantic City for his Top Rank debut against Montiel. He said, “Juan Manuel Montiel is a durable opponent who has fought against very tough opposition. He went the distance in most of his fights and he is battle tested, with sixteen fights of pro experience. My goals for this fight are to continue my growth as a professional fighter while continuing to build my fan base outside of the Washington, D.C. area. I plan to show my versatility and many different aspects of my fight game. This is my Top Rank debut, and that means a lot. It is awesome to have the security of one of the top boxing promoters to help guide my career to a world title. Also, it shows the kids in the gym that hard work helps you achieve anything that you set your mind to accomplish.” Reed continued, “This is our second consecutive fight in Atlantic City for Team Reed. Obviously, we do have to travel away from home, but the reception that we received from the crowd in Atlantic City at our last fight was remarkable. The fans that were cheering for me at Bally’s made me feel as if I was fighting in my hometown. After the fight was over, I was walking around in the hotel’s casino, and I would hear people yell, ‘Yes Indeed!’ That was really cool.” Reed discussed the talented light welterweight division. He said, “The 140 lb division is loaded with talent, but three names stand out to me and they are Lamont Peterson, Adrien Broner, and Terence Crawford. I have watched Lamont since I started boxing, and I’ve personally witnessed his transformation from him being an open fighter to being a world champion. When I first met Adrien in 2009, he told me that he was going to be a world champion. I watched how he trained and worked towards his goal, refusing to stop until he was a champion. I see a lot of similarities between Crawford and myself, even down to the way he carries himself inside and outside of the ring. He is a crafty and skillful fighter, and I believe he will be around for a long time. I work hard so I can be mentioned in the same breath with those guys.” Reed is thankful for all the support he has received from his fans and the media. “After every interview or statement given, I always thank those who helped me get to this point. I’m grateful for every person who told a neighbor about me, and everyone who bought a ticket to attend one of my fights. Every little bit helps and it’s truly appreciated. Without you all, I wouldn't where I am at this point in my career. Thank you to all the media who constantly encourage me and support my career.”
Tickets for Reed’s October 4 Top Rank card at Bally’s in Atlantic City, priced at $50 and $75, can be purchased by phone (800) 736 1420 or online at ticketmaster.com