If you haven’t heard of Ajax, Ont.-based boxer Brandon Cook, maybe you know him by his alias, “Bad Boy.” Cook started boxing when he was 19 in 2005 and hasn’t looked back since. In the “super welter” division, he’s boxed in more than 30 bouts and has a super-impressive 23-2-0 record, no small feat for any athlete. We caught up with Cook to find out more about him — what inspires him, what he feels like when he’s in the ring and what he does to take a load off.
All photos courtesy of Jeff Lockhart Photo.

Most admired athlete and why?

Canelo Alvarez. I met him when I fought in Las Vegas. I love the way he fights, and he was really nice in person.

Favourite winter tradition?

I love going away somewhere hot in January with my family.

Favourite hangout spot in Durham?

When I’m not working, you can find me at the AreYouGame Conditioning Club in Oshawa.

Currently on your playlist?

I like mixing up my playlist. Right now, I’m enjoying Drake’s new album.

Currently binge-watching?

I really don’t have much time for TV right now, but when I do, I’m trying to catch up on Survivor.

What’s inspiring you today?

My son. He’s definitely the best thing that has happened to me.

Three words that describe how you feel each time you get in the ring?

Ready. Powerful. Determined.

Describe your sport in three words

Blood, sweat and tears.

Proudest moment?

Winning the IBF and NABA North American titles at the Bell Centre in Montreal being a 9-1 underdog.

On your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to jump
out of a plane!

Who do you look up to?

I have always looked up to my brother.

How do you spend a day off?

I spend as much time as possible with my son on the weekends when I’m not working.

Favourite memory?

It’s the day my son was born. I will never forget it.

Best way to relax?

Somewhere hot lying on a beach or relaxing at home on the sofa.

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