News August 2018

Cold sores, bolognese and fights. Black Flash Promotions return


By @John_Evans79

Small hall shows can be fraught affairs. Behind the scenes, the shows organisers sometimes lurch from crisis to crisis but admirably manage to keep the paying public totally unaware of the problems they are encountering and keep the action flowing. The show must go on despite missed weight limits, late arrivals and delayed doctors or – in last night’s case – a rogue cold sore.

With the latest Black Flash Promotions show already shorn of a couple of fights due to some late notice red tape, Zelfa Barrett’s initial opponent arrived at the venue, checked in with the doctor for his medical and was immediately ruled out with the contagious virus. It left the shows organisers with the grand total of two hours to find a suitable lightweight willing to take the fight.

Enter Barrett’s former opponent, Jamie Quinn.

Quinn was apparently sat at his kitchen table halfway through a plate of spaghetti bolognese when the call came. He put down his knife and fork, jumped in the car and drove a few miles around the M60 from Stockport to take on one of Britain’s most touted young fighters at Middleton Arena.

Harpurhey’s Barrett, now 4-0 (1), struggled to work Quinn out in January but used his jab and movement more last night. As expected given the circumstances, ‘The Brown Flash’ cruised to victory. He can put the entire evening down as one big learning experience but will be desperate to get back in action as soon as possible.

Quinn saved the show. Hopefully he was well paid and his next Italian meal will be in a good restaurant rather than his own kitchen.

Middleton’s Matty Ryan comfortably outpointed Viktor Drizlionoks at light middleweight. Drizlionoks first two fights and he was a tough, aggressive southpaw who gave Paul Riley fits and beat Scott Moonan. Maybe the relentless nature of life on the road as an opponent has sapped some of his ambition. He spent the entirety of last nights fight on the back foot as Ryan dominated every minute of the fight. Ryan stayed on top of Drizlionoks and got out of his usual slick boxing style as he looked to put him away with a couple of straight right hands and ate a couple in return. Ryan walked away with a 40-37 verdict and improves to 8-1(1).

When Sean Ben Mulligan, 2-0 and from Prestwich, remembered to bob and weave his way into range, he was able to get his shots off and boss Hull’s Paul O’Brien. When he switched off and came in straight up, O’Brien was able to catch him with some unusual looking right hands and make it in to a messy brawl. Welterweight Mulligan dictated the action though and deserved the 39-38 decision that came his way.

Salford’s Chris ‘Fat Boy’ Monaghan finally got his professional career off to a winning start with a 39-38 four round verdict over Aaron Robinson at light middleweight. Monaghan was due to make his debut on the previous Black Flash show but was pulled off at the last moment. This time, he was able to pull the 8oz gloves on and let his hands go. A come forward fighter, Monaghan attempted to walk Robinson down but also walked on to a few as he forgot his defences or pulled straight out from exchanges. He deserved to win and came out with a 39-38 victory.

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