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Gavin Reid set for bantamweight crusade


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Gavin Reid set for bantamweight crusade


By Adam Steel


REDCAR iron man Gavin Reid has reiterated his intention to move down to bantamweight following his punishing defeat to Ryan Walsh.


Proud warrior Reid suffered a cracked rib in his seventh round stoppage reverse to Walsh at the York Hall in Bethnal Green last Saturday.


Reid has tackled Britain’s best super bantamweights and featherweights in his four-year career without flinching, but has now lost six in a row and his last three by stoppage to unbeaten opposition.


The teak tough 32-year-old is vowing to grind on in his mission to become Redcar’s first professional boxing champion however and is hoping his fortunes take off at bantam.


Reid hatched his plan to drop down a division before the Walsh fight after sparring with Darlington’s British bantamweight champion Stuart Hall - who puts his title on the line against John Donnelly in Houghton-le-Spring tomorrow night - and says he is sticking to it.


"I’m not discouraged at all. I will battle on and now it’s on to the bantamweight crusade," he said.


"I will have a tester at 8st 8lb and one at 8st 6lb. If I feel alright, I will carry on at bantamweight. If not, I will move back up and see what comes off."


Reid was put under sustained pressure throughout his bout with switch-hitting Walsh, but fired back after visibly wincing from a right to the body in the seventh round before referee Bob Williams stopped the fight.


"When he turned southpaw he hit me in the back as I tucked up," insisted Reid.


"It cracked my rib where it attaches to the spinal column, but I wouldn’t say it was intentional.


"I shouted and charged at him and tried to finish it late in the round, but the energy just wasn’t there.


"I could have finished the round and the fight and I asked the referee what he was doing when he stopped it.


"But he said he was an ex-fighter himself and it was better to live to fight another day, so you’ve just got to accept his decision and move on."


Reid saw his record drop to six wins, nine defeats and one draw with his loss to Cromer-based Walsh, whose brothers Liam - the Commonwealth super featherweight champion - and Michael are also undefeated in professional boxing.




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