Boxing: No butts, it's got to be Robin.
ROBIN REID knocked out the latest pretender to his WBF super-middleweight crown with his head in round three last night.
Reid was dominating an ugly brawl in Glasgow's Kelvin Hall against Jorge Sclarandi before the accidental clash of heads sent the Argentine down and out.
"Nobody wants to win a fight like this but it was an accident and I was taking care of business anyway," said Reid.
"Every time I hit him he held and it was getting more and more difficult to land a clean punch. But I kept cool and waited for an opening.
"I was getting through to his body and I knew that in another round or two I would have taken him out cleanly."
The Argentine complained bitterly at the end and initially refused to shake Reid's hand.
"He butted me and I think the referee should have disqualified him and not counted me out," said Sclarandi.
However, it was obvious that the clash of heads was an accident and Reid's trainer Brian Hughes immediately came to the defence of his boxer.
"Robin has been competing at the top level for nearly 10 years and is one of boxing's best servants," said Hughes.
"Sclarandi arrived with a reputation for toughness and he was starting to mess Robin around before the unfortunate end. Perhaps now Robin will get a big fight."
The obvious fight for Reid is the long-overdue rematch with WBO champion Joe Calzaghe, who narrowly outpointed Reid in 1999.
"I have been saying for nearly three years now that the fight I want is Calazaghe," said Reid. "I'm ready to sit down and negotiate."
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 21, 2001|
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