‘Gutted’ Reed says sorry after ref row

On the back foot: Wayne Reed could not contain Robin Reid last weekend.        Picture: Steve Ellis
On the back foot: Wayne Reed could not contain Robin Reid last weekend. Picture: Steve Ellis
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WAYNE REED has issued an apology to referee Michael Alexander after the way he reacted to being stopped against Robin Reid last weekend.

Up against former world champion Robin Reid on Kell Brook’s Hillsborough card, Reed, 23, gave as good as he got up until the fourth round when the veteran ‘Grim Reaper’ took control of the fight.

Referee Alexander stepped in after a few meaty blows from Reid had the Parson Cross man covering up on the ropes and a disgusted Reed spat his gumshield in the direction of the Doncaster official before storming back to the dressing room before Reid’s hand was raised.

Reed received boos from the crowd and candidly admitted that they were right to voice their feelings.

He said: “I do know why the referee stepped in but his shots were hitting me on the gloves. I’m sorry for what I did and I’d like to issue an apology, what I did was bang out of order.

“It’s just the fighter’s instinct and that’s why I stormed out of the ring afterwards. I was also gutted because I’d done 200 tickets for the fight and had great backing from Napoleon’s Casino and Starlight Kitchens.

“I probably over-trained for the fight. Fair play to Robin Reid, he’s a former world champion, but I hurt him a few times.”

Reed admits that he’s ‘a nightmare’ to referee and despite his controversial exit from Prizefighter earlier this year, in which he landed a knockdown, but still lost every round on one of the judge’s scorecard, says he hasn’t got a problem with officials.

“I must be difficult to referee because I stick my tongue out and they probably don’t like that. The referee has the right to step in whenever he thinks the fighter is in danger and I can’t argue with that.

“I hurt Robin a few times in the fight because he nodded his head when I caught him. For me now I’m going to move down to middleweight, I can do that easy.

“I’ve been knocking out light-heavies and I hurt Robin at super-middle so I can definitely make my mark in the middleweight division.”