News July 2018

Black Flash Promotions return this Saturday night

Black Flash Promotions return to Middleton Arena this Saturday night and the stage is once again set for the next generation of Manchester’s boxing talent.

This will be the third ‘Black Flash’ show since Pat Barrett – the former British and European light welterweight champion lends his nickname to the promotional company – grew frustrated at the lack of opportunities open to the fighters training out of his Collyhurst and Moston gym and decided to provide them with a show of his own to perform on.

“When we started Black Flash Promotions in October 2014, we already had in place another four shows for 2015, the way things are going and the interest we are attracting from boxing managers, trainers and promoters, shows us what I have always said, boxing needs these kind of shows which we are producing,” said Barrett.

“Yes, the lads are getting exposure that they wouldn’t have normally got, such has been the response and support to our events, but they are getting their professional careers off to a great start and if these lads are as good as I think they are, they will take these opportunities being given them and reap the success that they crave.”

The events have quickly gained a reputation for being well run, high class affairs. They are also broadcast live and for free on and feature full commentary from Manchester boxing voice Barkery Jammeh and former WBC super middleweight world champion, Robin Reid who fought out of the famous Collyhurst gym.

Matthew Ryan has benefitted enormously from the chance to perform in front of his hometown fans and the light middleweight will hope to extend his record to 8-1 (1) this weekend. The 24 year old Ryan is a stylish boxer – although he did get dragged into an entertaining brawl with ‘The World’s Most Exciting Journeyman’, Mick Mills, on the inaugural Black Flash show – and his trainer, Pat Barrett, will be hoping to move him towards some decent tests as the year wears on.

Zelfa Barrett will aim to notch his fourth successive victory since turning professional last November. ‘The Brown Flash’ looked extremely impressive whilst dominating Kristian Laight and barely wasted a punch in dismantling Joe Beedon in just 52 seconds but Jamie Quinn provided the Harpurhey fighter with far stiffer resistance last time out before dropping a four round decision. Barrett, 21, has been out and about around the gyms of the North West sparring and will be looking to slip back into the smooth, economical style that served him so well during the first two fights of his career.

Sean Ben Mulligan made his debut on January’s Balck Flash show and the Salford welterweight didn’t drop a round when outpointing Matt Seawright over six-twos. Bilal Rehman – otherwise known as ‘Billy The Kid’ will make his debut on the bill. Rehman fights out of Joe Pennington’s Northside gym and the 22 year old light welterweight is promising fans that his first ever walk to a professional ring will be a memorable one.

Two other fighters are also slated to make their professional debuts. Cameroonian heavyweight Blaise Mendouo will find his way to Manchester via Sunderland and is sure to add a splash of colour to proceedings while light middleweight Chris Monaghan will aim to finally duck between the ropes having had his plans altered at the last minute in January. Monaghan was set to make his debut but some last minute red tape meant that he was forced to wait a few weeks longer.

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