Teddy Reid: A Warrior Career Ends

By Tom Donelson
Updated: January 30, 2007

NEW YORK — A fighter may not officially retire before a career ends. When James Toney lost to Samuel Peter in their second match, it was obvious we were witnessing the end of a career even if James Toney does not officially hang it up.

Last Friday night, Teddy Reid essentially did the same thing. Going into his main event fight against Richard Gutierrez, Reid’s career was already riding on fumes.

He had won only one of his last five fights with one draw in the mix. In his last fight with Vernon Phillips, he was stopped in the twelfth round in a tough war.

Reid had one thing that other fighters feared, the right hand that often proved to be the equalizer. He was always in a fight but as his career moved forward, the one thing that Reid could not do was beat an elite fighter.

He fought some of the best fighters in the welterweight and junior Middleweight division, but when he challenged excellent fighters such as Kermit Cintron and Ben Tackle; he came up short.

Fighting other power fighters, he often found himself outgunned and going into the Gutierrez’s fight, he was fighting for his career.

In the opening round, the one thing that become obvious and that whatever hand speed, Reid possessed no longer existed. Gutierrez kept nailing Reid with a solid right hand of his own.

Gutierrez moved inside of Reid power shots and simply nailed Reid with body shots followed by head shots. Often, Reid failed to get the right distance to nail his opponent with his own right hand. Reid could not pull the trigger.

In the third round, Reid finally connected against Gutierrez but he failed to change the tide as he was exchanging blows with Gutierrez, who got the better of the exchanges.

The dramatic end came in the fourth round. Reid attacked but Gutierrez moved inside to continue his body shots. One body shot nailed Reid and with a couple of second delay, Reid went down holding his groin.

Reid was attempting to buy time as he knew that he could not get up at the count of ten. Using all of his experience, he was hoping against hope that the referee would give him time to recover and that maybe he would hoping that referee would declare his knock out a low blow.

The referee did not buy it and the fight ended.

Reid looked like the loser. His face looked swollen and his left eye was red from the constant right hands he was eating. Reid looked like an old fighter and had all the symptoms.

The power shots that nailed fighters in the past failed to move Gutierrez and the hand speed simply evaporated. He could not get out of the way of his opponents punches and the legs looked shaky. Reid lost a crucial fight but this was but one of many recent crucial fights that Reid lost.

One does not end a career on one fight but when you see a good fighter lose to similar quality fighters time and time again, there is but one inalienable fact; the fighter can no longer compete at the highest level.

Reid has been a good fighter and produced many a great shows but now he can no longer compete with top ten fighters much less top twenty. Still a main even fighter on selected show, he is slowly moving down the path that he becomes a name opponent upon a younger fighter’s resume.

A puncher by nature, he has been in many wars and now the body shows the effect of a long valiant career. Reid may not hold a press conference to announce his retirement but when Richard Gutierrez sent Reid down for the count, Reid’s career ended.