WAYNE Reed’s opponent this weekend may be 40-years-old - but he can fight with the vigour of a boxer half his age.
Reed faces former world champion and Olympian Robin Reid. The 23-year-old Sheffield super-middleweight takes on a man who won a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and collected a WBC super middleweight belt in 1996.
Reid has a record of 40 wins from 48 bouts, although he’s past his peak, losing three out of his last five.
Reed, who trains at Glyn Rhodes’ gym, insists he is in peak physical condition for the bout.
He said: “I’ve prepared for a tough fight. I’ve been sparring with strong fighters like Curtis Woodhouse and I’ve been doing a lot of pad work, conditioning and running,.
Reed, preparing for only his ninth professional fight, added: “He’s fought people like Joe Calzaghe and Carl Froch so he should be the toughest fight I’ve had. There’s something wrong if he’s not.”
Both men were involved in the Prizefighter super-middleweights tournament in Liverpool in March, but both were eliminated at the first hurdle.
The Sheffielder was controversially beaten on points by local favourite Joe Ainscough, much to the dismay of trainer Rhodes.
Saturday’s Hillsborough battle is on the undercard of the Kell Brook and Lovemore N’Dou showdown.