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Robin Reid all but silenced a partisan crowd at the King's Hall as he outpointed the local favourite and took away Brian Magee's International Boxing Organisation version of the world super-middleweight title after putting the Irishman down four times.
The 33-year-old Manchester based Reid felt he was robbed in Germany last year when he was outpointed by Sven Ottke for the International Boxing Federation belt but he was given a unanimous points decision by the Belfast judges, with scores of 115-111, 114-111 and 113-112.
It was a scrappy contest between fighters whose best work is done through counter-punching and Reid finished with two gashes on his forehead caused by clashes of head. He was concerned that the doctor was going to stop the fight in the fifth.
"As soon as I felt the blood coming down my face I knew it was bad and I was just saying to myself 'Please don't stop it, not now' because I knew that every time I clipped him he couldn't take it."
ROBIN REID has set his sights on the WBA super-middleweight title.
Reid is desperate to take the belt from Manny Siaca this autumn after claiming the IBO equivalent from Ulsterman Brian Magee with a unanimous points decision in Belfast on Saturday night.
He said: 'That fight was really an eliminator for the WBA title so let's get it onnow.'
Robin Reid says he wants to face WBA super middleweight champion Manny Siaca after winning the IBO version of the title in Belfast on Saturday night.
Reid overcame serious head cuts to floor home favourite Brian Magee four times and gain a unanimous points victory at the King's Hall.
"That fight was really an eliminator for the WBA title," said Reid.