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Pelé Reid (born 11 January 1973, in Newtown, Birmingham) is a retired British heavyweight boxer. He currently resides in Birmingham, West Midlands and is a personal trainer. He is a former WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion and World Kick Boxing Champion.

Pelé Reid
Real name Pelé Reid
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nationality English
Born (1973-01-11) 11 January 1973 (age 45)
Birmingham, England, UK
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 20
Wins by KO 17
Losses 6
Draws 2
No contests 0

In November 1993, he took part in the world amateur championship of WAKO, held at Atlantic City, New Jersey. He defeated William Eves (USA) by KO with his back-spin-kick at the final match of 89 kg class.[1]

Reid and Dutchman Van Roosmalen are the only men ever to knock out boxing champion Vitali Klitschko in a kickboxing match. Reid managed to knock him down with a spinning back kick to the jaw.[2][3]




  • 1997 W.B.O. Inter-Continental heavyweight title (1 title defence)
  • 2009 British Masters Heavyweight title


Fight recordEdit

Kickboxing record (incomplete)
0 wins, 3 losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2006-04-08 Loss   Petr Vondracek K-1 Grand Prix 2006 in Milan Milan, Italy Decision 3 3:00
2004-04-24 Loss   Grégory Tony Pain and Glory Birmingham, England Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2003-07-13 Loss   Aziz Khattou K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Fukuoka Fukuoka, Japan TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 2 3:00
2003-06-14 Loss   Chalid Arrab K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Paris Paris, France Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2003-03-30 Loss   Ray Sefo K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Saitama Saitama, Japan TKO (Corner Stoppage) 3 1:15

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Film workEdit

In 2010, Reid was offered a role in the British comedy film On the Ropes. Director Mark Noyce chose Reid to fight Steve Coleman in a scene set at a martial arts competition.[4]

In 2012, Reid teamed up with the trainer who worked with him for his British Masters title win at the company WBC Fight Club in his current hometown of Chelmsley Wood. He offers motivational fitness training using his years of experience.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Reid is now retired and is a dedicated Jehovah's Witness.[6]


  1. ^ Pelé Reid record Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed 26 December 2014.
  2. ^ YouTube Channel of Pelé Reid knocking out Vitali Klitschko
  3. ^ The Man Who Knocked Out Vitali Klitschko - What Really Happened,; accessed 26 December 2014.
  4. ^ "On the Ropes". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  5. ^ Pelé Reid Fitness Training,; accessed 26 December 2014.
  6. ^ BN Staff. "When you knock out Vitali Klitschko by accident". Boxing News Online. Retrieved January 6, 2018.

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