WASHINGTON -- With a championship fight on the horizon against the winner of the Felix Trinidad-Pernell Whitaker match in New York on Feb. 20, Baltimore welterweight Vincent Pettway tried to shake off 13 months of ring rust against journeyman Gerald Reed at the Washington Convention Center last night.
He was only partly successful. Pettway (42-6-1) won a unanimous 10-round decision by margins of 100-87, 100-87 and 99-88, but struggled to put punches together and ended the fight looking more like the loser, with a deep gash over his left eye and another cut alongside his right eye.
"They were both the result of butts," said Pettway, who fought on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Robert Allen middleweight title fight. "I tried warning the referee that Reed leads with his head. I knew that from the way he fought me the last time."
A hand injury sustained in that December 1997 bout, which Pettway later aggravated, had kept him out of the ring until last night.
Referee Joseph Cooper did deduct points for Reed's battering ram style, but it was small solace to Pettway, who will now likely miss a few months of sparring while his eyes heal.
He scored the only knockdown with a bristling left hook in the second round. Reed (15-24-3) seemed reluctant to rise, getting up just as Cooper said "10," but the fight continued.
"I'd like another tuneup, but I can't jeopardize the big fight," said Pettway. "You saw what happened tonight."
Pub Date: 2/07/99