Darren Reay: From Football Boots to Boxing Gloves

From muddy pitches to boxing rings, Darren Reay has swapped the green grass of football for a career in the boxing. The former non-league player has even appeared at Wembley, as an unused substitute during Whitley Bay’s FA Vase triumph in 2009.

Reay made the tough decision to pursue a career in boxing, the 27 year old showed a lot of promise as a football player, having trials with Motherwell and training with Newcastle United. The decision to turn to boxing was not a sudden one, Reay has always had a soft spot for the sport and by his own admission probably liked boxing a little bit more.

Over the last three years Reay has returned to the boxing scene, started fighting again and has since turned professional with Fighting Chance. Fighting Chance, based in Gateshead have everything Reay needs to succeed, everything is under one roof – From sports nutritionists to the trainer. Reay does not regret his choices, he believes he is built more for boxing than football. Reay is lucky that he has been in a position to pursue two of his dreams. The 27 year old comes across as a very determined figure, an attitude that is needed when making such as tough transition.

The change from football to boxing is a difficult one. Reay has swapped a life playing in a team to one with a single minded approach. The training is a lot different along with the demands of the sport, however Reay who has been boxing from the age of 13 is well equipped to cope with those demands. The super-lightweight from Bedlington is enjoying every minute of his return to boxing.

Reay is well aware there is no hiding place in the ring, in football you can make a mistake and recover from it with help from your teammates. In Boxing it is different, you need to have the mental resilience to cope. Boxing is unforgiving and it takes a brave person to step inside the ring for 12 rounds. Reay is not the first former football player to turn to boxing and he won’t be the last. The likes of Curtis Woodhouse and Leon McKenzie have also chosen pursue a career in boxing.

I would like to wish Darren a long and successful career in the ring, having been in conversation with him it is clear he is very driven and certainly has the right attitude to be a success.

Darren is currently seeking sponsorship, which would be a fantastic opportunity for anyone. You can follow Darren and Fighting Chance on Twitter: @DarrenReay007      @fcpromotions1

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