October 25, 2000
junior middleweight contender Jonathan "Reid
Dawg" Reid dispatched of journeyman Benji Singleton in the first round last
night on Debbie King's (yes, Don's daughter) promotional debut in Nashville.
Reid, who two months ago took out Harold Pinckney in the first round,
stalked Singleton throughout the round with a sledgehammer jab. Singleton
rarely threw any punches in defense, resorting to his familiar defensive
Two minutes into the fight, Reid began doubling off his jab with left hooks
to the body. In the last twenty seconds of the fight, Reid cornered
Singleton and hit him with consecutive left hooks to the body and the head.
Singleton fell to the canvas holding his eye and referee Dan Clancy gave him
Reid, who turned 28 last night, thought he would get more action from his
usually durable opponent. "I was expecting between six to eight good rounds.
I guess I caught him in the nose with the left hook."
Singleton, the veteran of over 90 professional fights, said the left hook
scraped him in the eye. His explanation for failing to beat the ten-count
was that he couldn't hear the referee's count. The veteran from South
Carolina had nothing but praise for his opponent, saying he was as good as
former world champ Laurent Boudouani whom he fought in 1996.
"He has a nice strong pop to his punches," Singleton said. "I would rate him
up there with anybody I've fought and I've fought six former world
champions. I'd put him up there with Boudouani."
Though Singleton's record of 21-66-4 (with 2 no contests) speaks for itself,
he usually gives his opponents a better workout. In 1996, he lost a
ten-round decision to Vincent Pettway. In 1995 and 1997, he lost 10-round
decisions to Larry Barnes. In 1998, he lost a ten-round decision to Andrew
Council. He lasted five rounds with Boudouani.
Eddie Rochelle, Reid's manager and trainer, says "we're just waiting for the
big one; we're ready for anyone in the junior middleweight division."
"Jonathan will out-strength any fighter in this division, including David
Reid, who is also strong, and Felix Trinidad," Rochelle predicted.
Perhaps Reid will get his chance for a big fight soon. After the
entertaining seven-bout card, Debbie King announced that "I'm going to make
Jonathan Reid a world champion."
Reid moved his record to 27-0 with 16 knockouts. Singleton dropped to
21-66-4 (with two no contests).
Other bouts on the card included:
Dennis McKinney W6 James Mullins
Leann Dotson TKO 1 Linda Edwards
Thomas Williams W6 Frankie Hines
Jesse Byars TKO 1 Doug Davis
Don Steele KO 4 David Smith
Alonzo Butler W4 Danny Wofford.
--David L. Hudson, Jr. is an attorney and writer based in Nashville. He can
be reached at email@example.com