John Dennen speaks to Brad Pauls a man who can’t help watching cooking programmes while he’s making weight

When and why you started boxing:
I started when I was 10. My grandad showed me boxing on the TV but I was already into fighting at that point. I was sort of looking for it without knowing I was looking for it, if that makes sense.

Favourite all-time fighter:
When I was growing up, so about 2003, it was the Ricky Hatton era and I absolutely love watching Ricky Hatton. I liked his aggressive style and his humble personality.

Best fight you’ve seen:
Ricky Hatton-Kostya Tszyu.

Personal career highlight:
My fight against Robbie Chapman has to be up there. Stopping someone who’d never been stopped before. I don’t think he’d ever been knocked down and doing it in front of my home fans was quite a special moment for me.

Toughest opponent:
Good question, I’d say Robbie.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My best would be my power and my worst… I don’t know what to say. No weaknesses I’m prepared to reveal!

Training tip:
Here’s a tip, if you’re going to train after work, whatever you do don’t sit on the couch before you get up to train. Because you will not get up again. It’s like a black hole.

Favourite meal/restaurant:
I love Mexican food, so fajitas, nachos, burritos.

Best friends in boxing:
Linus Udofia, I see that lad every single day. Terry Steward and Ellis Steward. That’s my team.

Other sportsperson you would like to be:
It would be the coolest thing in the world to be Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Last film/TV show you saw:
It’s so weird, I watch cooking shows while I’m making weight. I don’t know why I do it. There’s one called The Final Table on Netflix, it’s about high-quality food. I caught myself watching it, I don’t know why.

Who would play you in a film of your life:
I think Channing Tatum could do a good job.

Have you ever been starstruck:
When I was coming up, I sparred George Groves in 2018 and I hadn’t seen too many pros at that point so I was a tiny bit starstruck even though I was sparring him.

Last time you cried:
September, my grandad died, the one who showed me the boxing.

Best advice received:
Just really simple: be kind and work hard. I find if you do those things, everything else figures itself out.

Worst rumour about yourself:
I don’t know, I haven’t heard any.

Something not many people know about you:
I went to university, Southampton Solent, and studied fitness and personal training and had a scholarship for boxing. I won them a gold medal at the university championships. I saw Lawrence Okolie knock someone out at those championships. It was mental, he didn’t get up for about 10 minutes.

Brad Pauls fights on Wasserman’s show on Friday night. Read the preview here



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