Super-bantamweight prospect Prince “Dreamhills” Brady (1-0) found himself on the canvas in the first-round of his debut on November 25th at the York Hall.
The 23-year-old Ilford-based Irishman was dropped by his Swedish opponent Eduard Bjorkland (1-5-1) inside the opening ten seconds of the first round.
A right hand over the top caught Zimbabwean-born Brady just moments into his pro bow. The debutant just wasn’t expecting the punch and was decked instantly, although he beat the count to set up a cracking first-round of frenzied action.
The energised Swede, 37-years-old from Malmo, sensed an upset and rallied for the rest of the fight to make all the rounds close but the home fighter won them all to clinch a dangerously tight 38-37 win.
Trainer Matt Marsh commented on the performance post-fight, “He wasn’t expecting that punch, he just caught. He [Eduard Bjorkland] was a tough opponent and obviously that first round was a 10-8 round.”
Bjorkland’s debut in 2014 saw him win by a first-round knockout, so the Scandinavian clearly starts fights explosively.
“He [Prince Brady] got back up and won every round after that,” Marsh continued to say. “It was a good fight, the rounds were close, but Prince won all of them.”
Brady gave his own view of the debut performance, “First eight seconds I was off balance, but I came back and won the rest. More of a slip really, I got right back up, ready to go and I got back to beating him up.
“He was a tough competitor and was experienced. He was 37, I’m only 23. He just kept coming forward trying to get the win.
“Everyone said my first was the best of the night, it was so entertaining, especially for the second fight of the night.”
Brady spent the majority of his childhood in Ireland, living in seaside towns in Dublin, such as Skerries and Balbriggan in North Fingal.
Whilst there, he boxed for Bracken BC in Balbriggan alongside current unbeaten welterweight Gerald ‘Crank’ Whitehouse (7-0) before relocating to London and joining the successful West Ham ABC where trainer Matt Marsh won national titles as an amateur.
Brady was a standout amateur winning 39 of 56 contests and representing his country numerous times.
He spoke about his future plans, “Right now, I’m not really sure, but I want to get back out as soon as possible. There’s nothing happening ‘til New Years anyway but I will sit down with my manager and work out a plan, but I’m going straight back to the gym.”