'I do love a tear-up': Bradley Rea interview

Chris Glover
17/07/2019 6:30am

Rising Manchester middleweight Bradley Rea reflects on stablemate Nathan Gorman's loss to Daniel Dubois, camp life with Hatton, Saunders and Fury and his next outing on the Ultimate Boxxer card this coming Friday...

Bradley Rea has been one of the most notable figures in amateur boxing in Manchester for the past five years. The Stretford native compiled over 100 amateur fights prior to turning professional aged 20 and is regarded by many within the Manchester boxing community as one of the shining stars emerging from the North-Western hotbed.

Since his inception into the professional ranks, Rea has racked up five wins from his first five contests and trains under the guidance of Blain Younis in the Hatton camp in Hyde that also features Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders and Nathan Gorman amongst others.

Rea reflected to BM about Gorman's loss to Daniel Dubois and opened up about life around the Hatton camp.

The 21-year-old stated, "I was gutted for Nathan as I did believe he was going to win but Dubois was the better man on the night and this in reality only sets Nathan back 12 months which isn't the end of the world as he's only 23. There aren't any losers in those type of fights and I believe Nathan will come back stronger and will learn from that experience.

"I grew up in Manchester and I'm a Man City fan so being around Ricky Hatton every day was surreal at the start but now he's just Rick, He's a great fella and being around the likes of Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders is great fun but also it's great to learn off them all as well as they are unbelievable talents and good people too."

Rea's next outing sees him feature on the Ultimate Boxxer card this Friday at Altrincham's Ice Arena and the rising Manchester middleweight gave his take on his fight and previewed the Ultimate Boxxer IV event as a whole.

He said, "I'm really excited for Friday and thank you to my team for getting me this opportunity and everyone who has bought tickets to come and see me. Ultimate Boxxer is a great event, it's entertainment throughout and if there is another middleweight tournament I would be bang up for going in it!

"For people who haven't seen me before I do love a tear-up and that is what Ultimate Boxxer is about, for the most part, an explosive tear up, so I am looking to set the tone early on in the night for the rest of the night by having an entertaining scrap and then I look forward to enjoying the Ultimate Boxxer event."