Last month the British Boxing Board of Control put forward Manchester’s Zelfa Barrett (14-0) and Leicestershire’s Sam Bowen (9-0) to fight for the vacant English super-featherweight title.
The Barrett camp decided to not take up the opportunity to contest the title and will instead carry on building up Zelfa this year, a plan his coach and uncle Pat Barrett has had for his nephew since he turned professional in October 2014 with Black Flash Promotions.
The plan was for Zelfa to get to at least 20-0 over two-and-a-half years before unleashing him onto the title stage, knowing after that apprenticeship he would then be ready and then able to maintain at that level.
Zelfa says he is willing to fight anyone, anytime and if he was told to fight Bowen for the English title he would have no problem, but he believes in Pat’s plan and his wishes, and trusts his judgement so is happy to wait until his uncle says he is ready.
In the video above both Zelfa and Pat explain their decision.