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Eye Wide Shut
Franz Lidz
July 26, 1999
A swollen left eye and fifth-round knockdown almost cost David Reid his WBA title
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July 26, 1999

Eye Wide Shut

A swollen left eye and fifth-round knockdown almost cost David Reid his WBA title

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During the fifth, Mitchell screamed at Reid to keep his hands up and throw combinations. His head a craning target, Reid carelessly turned to Mitchell and waved him off. "When I turned back," Reid later said, "Kevin's left was waiting for me." The punch caught Reid flush on the jaw and put him on the canvas for the third time in his pro career. Afterward he showed just enough aggression and threw just enough punches to gain a narrow victory.

"David didn't do a lot of the things we worked on in camp," Mitchell said. "He was trying to knock Kelly out. You don't try to knock people out. Knockouts come naturally. You can't force them."

Mitchell figured his prot�g� obeyed him maybe 50% of the time. "The day this mamajama obeys me 100 percent is the day I drop dead," he said. "I'll be carried out of the arena, just like Mickey in Rocky III?

Peering through a swollen eyelid of the tiger, Reid softly said, "Next fight I'm gonna give you 100 percent. So you might as well get ready to drop dead."

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