RIECO Report - Brad Rea Q&A
Bradley Rea, 22, is on a brilliant run in his sporting career. He has a current record of 9 wins and 0 losses as a professional Boxer. We caught up with our sponsored athlete to find out how he has been coping with this current situation and to find out more about the Manchester born Middleweight.
How has your training been affected during this current situation?
BR: "It’s been difficult. With no gyms open or fight dates confirmed it’s hard to be motivated but I have stayed busy ticking over with my running and strength sessions in the back garden."
How would you describe your journey in the boxing world so far?
BR:" I’ve loved my career so far but know I’m still in the early stages. I’m looking forward to stepping the opposition up soon and being in some entertaining fights."
How and what age did you get into boxing?
BR: "I’ve been in the gym since I was about 7 years old. When I was 9 years old when my dad opened his own gym and I had my first fight when I was 11."
Where do you train?
BR: "Ricky Hattons gym in Hyde, Manchester."
What is the best piece of advice you would have for any up and coming boxers?
BR: "Don’t be scared of taking risky fights and trying to pad your record out. You learn more from a loss than a win at the early stages of a career. In the long run the tough fights will benefit you even if you don’t get the decision."
Who inspires you as an athlete?
BR:" As a Manchester lad I’ve always looked up to Anthony Crolla, some of the best boxing events I’ve been to has been watching Ant at Manchester arena."
Who do you see being a success in the future in the world of boxing or combat sports?
BR: "Boxing is booming at the moment with loads of young talented lads breaking into world level. America has a group of 21/22 years olds that are really standing out at the moment like Sharkur Stevenson, Devin Haney, Teofimno Lopez, Ryan Garcia and Vergil Ortiz."
Which exercises do you find most effective?
BR: "Sparring is the most realistic and effective form of training in my opinion."
What is the strangest training method you have seen or tried?
BR: "I’ve seen a lot of crazy training methods over the years. The phase that some people had of doing pads walking backwards on a treadmill not long ago didn’t really do it for me."
Do you find that there are mental benefits to training as well as physical?
BR:" Definitely when I’m in the gym and training for a fight I’m at my happiest."
How do you stay motivated?
BR: "Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated, especially at times like this. But if you want something bad enough you’ll always find a way to find that extra bit of motivation."
How much are you looking forward to getting back in the ring?
BR: "I’m itching to get back in the ring now. I’ve been so active so far in my career and this is the longest I have gone so far without a fight, so I’m getting really itchy knuckles now."
There's certainly exciting times ahead for Bradley and it was a pleasure to catch up with him and gaining an insight into his mindset and lifestyle. We're definitely eager to watch his journey unfold and it's a pleasure have him on our team.
Instagram handle: @bradrea_