By Paddy Appleton
Joe Rea says he can’t wait to get in the ring for the inaugural Irish Prizefighter on May 5th.
Rea told www.irish-boxing.com that this is the opportunity he has been waiting for, and that come May he will walk away with the title and the £32,000 cheque.
Rea posted on Facebook yesterday, “Flat sorted in Belfast now the serious training begins” and you would have to believe him, as the Ballymena fighter knows Prizefighter is a career changing competition.
Boxers have to be at their very best physically and mentally to deal with the demands of Prizefighter and being able to start training in Belfast with no distractions will only help Rea come fight night.
“Training has been going great so far. I’ve been working really on my conditioning, as the tournament is 9 weeks away so I will have plenty of time to get sparring and pad work done.”
There are a number of good fighters in this edition of Prizefighter, and Eddie Hearn has tried to see to it that the fans will get their money’s worth, but Joe Rea says he won’t fear anyone in the King’s Hall.
“I’m sure every fighter in it will be tricky. They all have different styles, and they will have to change their style for Prizefighter as it’s only 3 rounds but I’m not really wary of any of them.
“I’ve fought against world class fighters in my last few fights so it’s just another night at the office for me. But I do know that anything can happen on the night in Prizefighter, that’s what makes it so exciting, so I will have to be on top form.”
Eddie Hearn has promised fans what he believes could be one of the greatest nights of Irish boxing in recent memory, and with numerous great fights at a historic venue Joe Rea couldn’t agree more.
“Yes, the King’s Hall will be buzzing. I’m sure it will sell out for the first Prizefighter ever in Ireland, and fair play to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom for bringing it over here. It will be a great night.”
It’s clear that Joe Rea is in the zone already for a fight that is a good 2 months away and such dedication and professionalism will surely only spell danger for his opponents.
However, he won’t be the only man training devotedly from now, and all 8 fighters will be wary of each other as they challenge for the title.
It’s sure to be another great night for Irish boxing on May 5th in the King’s Hall, don’t miss out.
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