1999-07-16 David Reid w pts 12 Kevin Kelly, Boardwalk Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA
1999-07-16 David Reid w pts 12 Kevin Kelly, Boardwalk Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA. Referee: Tony Orlando. Scorecards: 116-111, 115-112, 116-111. Looking to finish early Reid (153) was soon on the attack, opening up with solid left-rights, but he found his challenger a difficult foe to tie down as he flitted around the ring away from the danger zone. What was even more worrying for Reid was that despite four operations to repair a drooping left eyelid he was still finding it difficult to focus, and in the fifth Kelly (153) took advantage of this dilemma when putting the champion down with a wide left hook. Although he was quickly on his feet, with his left eye closing fast Reid began to fight with some urgency, but he still had difficulty in pinning Kelly down despite landing some solid shots. The last three sessions became a nightmare for Reid as he was jarred him up a couple of times before steadying himself to make it safely to the final bell.