Irish bantamweight prospect Prince “Dreamhills” Brady has turned pro under the management of Steve Goodwin and the invaluable guidance of former British champion Matt Marsh.
Zimbabwean-born Brady, now residing in Ilford, 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 (6-0) before relocating to London and joining the successful West Ham ABC where trainer Matt Marsh used to train as an amateur.
Brady was a standout amateur winning 39 of 56 contests and representing his country numerous times.
He said, “Gerard ‘Crank’ Whitehouse would take me to the boxing gym with him so that I wouldn’t get in trouble on the streets.”
Despite keeping out of trouble, Brady experienced a near-death incident over two years ago which saw him placed in a coma, fighting for his life.
He explained, “It started with an altercation outside of a nightclub and then I got stabbed in the neck. I was in a coma for quite a while and in a bad way so when I finally came out of hospital I was very determined to enjoy my life to the max and not to waste any of it.”
The famous West Ham gym where Brady hones his craft is also home to Sonny and Pauly Upton – also Irish amateur champions – plus heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois.
The 23-year-old will be guided by former British super-bantamweight champion Matthew Marsh and boxing under the Goodwin Promotions banner at the iconic York Hall in Bethnal Green where Carl Froch, Joe Calzaghe and David Haye all plied their trade.
“Matthew Marsh is good friends with Steve Goodwin and I know Matt really well from being an amateur at West Ham,” Brady explained. “He was training me and helping me for the ABA’s, Steve was in contact with Matt asking for boxers to sign over and it just so happened that I was one of those boxers.”
Manager Steve Goodwin commented on his latest signing, “This lad is very talented and I’m delighted to welcome another great prospect to the Goodwin team.”
Brady is eyeing September as the month in which to make his debut appearance in the paid ranks, most likely at the York Hall.
“My first year, I haven’t got a route planned out other than I’m looking to have had six fights before the season is over next year.
“Like any young pro, I just want to be out as much as I can. Knockouts will be coming because I’m big for my weight. I’ll only grow into the weight and can move up to super and feather, and probably end up as a lightweight.”
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