20.04.07 - Impact Boxing’s Gary Reid secured the British Midlands Area light-welterweight title and in doing so avenged his earlier defeat to West Bromwich’s Dean Hickman. The pair previously met at the same venue, Dudley Concert Hall, in February 2005 when Hickman prevailed on points despite having been floored by Reid in the first round. This time Reid made certain and took only half of the allotted rounds to see off Hickman..
Anticipating that Hickman would be expecting him to throw his trademark body punches Gary began by targeting his adversary’s head but Hickman’s defence proved good enough to prevent any serious damage. Hickman too began aggressively targeting both the head and body of the shorter Reid.
At their last meeting Reid had tired and Hickman’s corner was shouting: “he can only go two rounds”, clearly hoping that their man could weather the storm being whipped up by Reid. The new improved Gary Reid now has far more stamina and had other ideas however.
Switching to the body from the end of the second round onwards Gary began to hurt Dean with each and every body-shot that found its target. The West Bromwich man was beginning to wonder if it was going to be his night.
For Hickman the writing was on the wall as Reid sensed victory and commenced a relentless onslaught to the body of Hickman which sent him to the canvas with increasing regularity. Occasional flurries from Hickman became less potent as the constant barrage of punches from Reid sapped his strength.
When Hickman was again sent to the floor by a searing hook to the body in the 5th the referee was left with no option but to call a halt to proceedings in order to prevent him suffering any further punishment.
Gary Reid had waited for over two years to settle this score and emerged with the title he felt that he had been robbed of at their last encounter. Hickman had originally been scheduled to meet Dave Stewart in a British and Commonwealth title eliminator and after such a comprehensive victory Reid will now be targeting the upper echelons himself.
Afterwards a jubilant Reid said: “of all my victories this is the sweetest so far. I’ve been waiting over two years to turn this one around and I had been told that I would never get the chance. Well I did and I showed what I can do.”
“Dean had been training for this fight and I took it at less than two weeks notice so just imagine what a fully prepared Gary Reid can do. My goal now is to step down to lightweight and to start challenging for titles in the division and with the backing of Impact Boxing I know that I can be a force to be reckoned with.”
Reid is currently the mandatory challenger for the British Midlands Area lightweight title and Hickman is the challenger to Reid’s team-mate Scott Lawton who is the reigning English lightweight title holder. Lawton got a close up look at his potential opponent this evening; he was in Reid’s corner.
Meanwhile the remainder of Team Impact are preparing for their own event on 12th May at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke. The bill will comprise seven bouts and tickets are available from Impact Boxing on 0845 156 7168 or by visiting www.impactboxing.com