LAS VEGAS — David Reid's career is suddenly as wobbly as his knees in the late rounds.
For the second straight fight, Reid took a beating Sunday night. This time, though, it wasn't Felix Trinidad administering the punishment, but a journeyman named Kirino Garcia.
The only difference was that Reid didn't lose to Garcia, thanks to some good early work that helped him build up just enough points to withstand the onslaught.
"I don't feel like I dodged a bullet," Reid said. "He caught me with some shots, but a win is a win."
Reid was knocked down in the 10th round and was wobbly and appeared ready to go down when the bell sounded to end the fight. His left eye was swollen and blood flowed down his face as he looked like anything but a winner.
Even his promoter couldn't find much of a bright side.
"We've got to find out what is happening," promoter Dan Goossen said. "He can't seem to get that second wind. We need to find out why."
It was strikingly similar to the pounding Reid took from Trinidad in March that cost him his WBA super welterweight title after he led through six rounds.
This time, Reid was fighting as a middleweight, a division in which he was supposed to have more stamina and durability. Instead, he built up an early lead only to get worn down and nearly stopped by Garcia.
The crowd at the Regent hotel-casino booed loudly as the decision was announced and booed Reid even more as he made his way from the ring to the dressing room.
"He gave me a good fight, but I won it," Reid said. "I won a good seven or eight rounds."
It was the first fight at 160 pounds for the former WBA super welterweight champion, who was beating Trinidad at 154 pounds in the middle rounds only to get knocked down four times and lose for the first time as a pro.
This time, though, the fight was scheduled only for 10 rounds, and it was lucky for Reid that it was. He was hit often and hard from the seventh round on, and went down six different times, five of which were not ruled knockdowns.
Judge Paul Smith had Reid, who is ranked No. 2 as a middleweight by the WBA and WBC, winning 96-93 and Dave Moretti had it 95-93. Glen Trowbridge had it 95-94, the same as the Associated Press.
Reid was fighting for the first time since his loss in March to Trinidad, who knocked him down four times in winning a unanimous decision.
"The position I'm in is kind of dangerous," said Reid, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist. "Every fight I have to be in tip-top shape."
Goossen, Reid's promoter, said Reid would have some medical tests and get a nutritionist before fighting again. He was scheduled to fight in January, but the cut over his left eye will force that back until March.
Goossen also said Reid would see a sports psychologist to try and get his confidence back.
Reid (15-1, 7 knockouts) moved up to 160 pounds for the comeback fight. It came against a Mexican opponent who lost his first 18 fights but is now 28-21-1.
"Everybody saw the fight. I gave him the best beating," Garcia said. "The Nevada commission is always corrupt."