Pat ‘The Black Flash’ Barrett never wanted to be a boxer and admits to initially only doing it for the money. But the Manchester light-welterweight, with the backing and belief of trainer Brian Hughes grew to love boxing.
He went onto win the Central area belt and British and European titles, within two years of turning professional. He also went onto challenge for a world title and was at the time rated, one of the best British boxers on the scene, possessing concussive knockout power in each hand.
“I had no intentions when I came to this gym, that I would win a British and European title and then go onto fight for a world title, no way!”
|Pat Barrett -Became British light-welterweight Champion 1989|
I then began to take boxing seriously and because Brian had so much belief in me I thought, I’m not going to let this man down and when I took it to that extreme, I was unbeaten I couldn’t be beat.”
|Brian Hughes MBE – pic by Andy Gray – www.boxingportraits.com|
The Pat Barrett Story Part 2
The Pat Barrett Story Part 3
Part 4 will be available as soon as possible…
Since this was filmed Pat had tragedy strike, when his nephew and best friend John Barrett was stabbed to death on Christmas day last year, while attending a party in Rochdale. John was involved in Pats life on a day to day basis and they also shared a house together. John was a great guy and I had the privilege to have known him personally. It was a terrible tragedy! The sad news that John had died left wombs that will never be healed for family and friends. John may your pleasant soul R.I.P – Chris Maylett The video will be completed soon.