EXCLUSIVE: Brad Rea – Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee


Brad ‘The Sting’ Rea ticking over within the fitness center. Picture Credit score: proboxing-fans.com

“I believe everybody is aware of that I might like to struggle [Nathan] Heaney.”

Brad ‘The Sting’ Rea is coming off the again of a dominating efficiency halting Lee Cutler on the undercard of Lawrence Okolie’s world title win, and is now eyeing up his home rivals.

“[He’s] a great fighter, an enormous ticket vendor, brings an environment however that’s what I turned professional for,” Rea advised proboxing-fans.com. 

“I need to be concerned in these fights and I’ve stated I’m completely satisfied to go and struggle him in Stoke whether or not that’s at Kings Corridor or he’s been speaking concerning the [Bet365] stadium struggle in Stoke, I’m completely satisfied to go.

“I’m certain it’ll make for an incredible struggle. He’s a high lad and I fancy myself in that, positively.” 

March 20, at Wembley Enviornment, Brad appeared for the primary time in over a yr going through Cutler, from Bournemouth, as each males put their undefeated information on the road.

“It was an incredible probability to indicate what I might do on an enormous platform. I’d been calling out for an opportunity like that for some time, I assumed I used to be adequate, I assumed I used to be prepared and clearly I proved that I used to be. I used to be actually pleased with the efficiency.”

Bradley Rea proved too strong for Lee Cutler in the show opener Photo Credit: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing
Bradley Rea proved too sturdy for Lee Cutler. Picture Credit score: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing

The 23-year-old had his foe down on the canvas 3 times earlier than the struggle was referred to as off at 2:03 of the primary spherical of a scheduled eight rounds.

“I wasn’t moving into anticipating it however I knew I used to be able to it, positively. Me and [my trainer,] Blain [Younis] had spoken about letting him know early, as a result of we had sparred up to now, letting him know I wasn’t that child he sparred two years in the past.

“I’ve grown lots and developed lots. I’m punching lots tougher and the plan was to let him know and I believe he did really feel the facility early on and clearly I constructed on that.”

In boxing you don’t receives a commission for time beyond regulation and it’s a harmful sport so an early end doesn’t do anyone any hurt. Nevertheless, Rea is on the stage of his profession now the place rounds will carry him a lot wanted expertise.

“I’m not going to complain a few first spherical stoppage however in my head now I need to get a number of rounds beneath the belt.

“That was my first scheduled eight-rounder and I don’t need to be hanging about, I need to be difficult for titles. In my head I believe I would like a number of longer distance fights to know that I can do the rounds earlier than I get into the title fights.

“One or two eight rounders, doing the gap, and if I’m snug with it I need to fill myself in subsequent yr.”

Cutler and Rea sparred in 2019 Photo Credit: Instagram @leecutler_tct
Cutler and Rea sparred in 2019 Picture Credit score: Instagram @leecutler_tct

Steadily progressing by way of the British rankings, the middleweight and his group have devised a plan and are hopeful that titles are only a stones throw away.

“I need to get a pair extra rounds beneath my belt, that’s the dialogue me and Blain have had.

“I’ve been advised by my supervisor Steve [Wood] that he’s received a present in September, simply hanging fireplace so we are able to have followers again.

“I believe by the tip of the yr, the beginning of subsequent yr I’m taking a look at titles, whether or not that’s Central Space, English, no matter I’m not fussed. I would like the large fights.”

The current Frank Warren signing, Nathan Heaney is on the high of the hit record however he’s not alone with a number of different home rivals names becoming a member of the Stoke man;

Nathan Heaney at the start of his now famous ring walk. Photo Credit: Saddo Boxing
Nathan Heaney firstly of his now well-known ring stroll. Picture Credit score: Saddo Boxing
Linus Udofia – The English Champion

“One other stable fighter. Clearly, the English Champion, that’s like I stated the kind of titles I’m taking a look at. If he’s nonetheless received ahold of that then that’s a struggle I’ll take.

“Large respect to him, he’s a great lad and a great fighter.”

Linus Udofia successfully defended his English Middleweight title against John Harding Jr Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing
Linus Udofia efficiently defended his English Middleweight title in opposition to John Harding Jr Picture Credit score: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing
River Wilson Bent – Midlands Space Champion

“He’s coming off the again of two good stoppages. I believe he’s fairly much like myself, he’s fairly tall however can combine it on the within, hits laborious, received that killer intuition and to be trustworthy I like watching him.

“That’s a struggle that I might take and I’m certain it could make for an entertaining struggle. 

“I believe it could be a great struggle, entertaining. There could be little or no holding, it could be a flowing struggle the referee wouldn’t need to do a lot and it could be a enjoyable one!”

Caoimhin Agyarko

“Caoihmin for me is the one which stands out for me. A terrific lad, a tough employee, very devoted, lives the life and I believe down the road we might meet for some huge titles if we each keep undefeated and [keep] doing what we’re doing.

“For me he’s the standout middleweight, other than me, I believe he’s going to do effectively.”

Big punching Middleweight Caoimhin Agyarko returns Photo Credit: Queensberry Promotions
Large punching Middleweight Caoimhin Agyarko. Picture Credit score: Queensberry Promotions

With Agyarko and Heaney each competing on the undercard of Daniel Dubois vs Bogdan Dinu, June 5, Rea can be protecting an in depth eye on that present.

Have a watch of our full uncut interview with Brad Rea beneath together with coaching footage:



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