The Northern UK Industrial City of Manchester is renowned for inventing the first computer and other ground breaking scientific discovery and invention. It is globally recognised for it’s great premiership football clubs Manchester United and Manchester City. And music, Manchester has led the way in influencing modern music with such bands as The Smith’s, Joy Divison, The Stone Roses and Oasis, bands who made their journey from humble Manchester beginnings, into main stream popular culture.
But there is another area that Manchester as excelled in over the years and that is boxing! Per square inch, Manchester has had and continues to produce, quality championship winning boxers to rival any city in the world pound for pound!
In the past, many have referred to Manchester as ‘The Capital of Boxing’ and they couldn’t be far wrong, when you think of the boxers to come from there even in recent times, boxers like Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, Tyson Fury, Scott Quigg, Anthony Crolla, John Murray, Terry Flanagan, let alone mentioning all the the historical fighters of past generations like the great Jackie Brown.
The gyms around the city are buzzing with talent and there is obviously something in the water that drops on rainy Manchester.
Black Flash Promotions in association with BritishBoxers.co.uk and BBTV LIVE bring you an evening of professional boxing, showcasing some of that Mancunian talent coming through the ranks and looking to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors achievements. All the home boxers on the show are Manchester born and bread with aspirations of joining the big names who have gone before them in the great fight City.
The show takes place on Saturday January 31st at the Middleton Arena in Manchester and promises to be another great night of action and entertainment for the fans in attendance at the amphitheatre type venue that creates an unforgettable atmosphere.
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Starring on the sell out show will be local Middleton favourite and British welterweight contender Matthew Ryan, plus British Masters light-welterweight champion Liam ‘Dynamo’ Taylor, who both live yards from the arena.
Ryan, 24, will again top his home town bill when he goes up again against Brighton’s Kevin McCauley over 6×3 minute rounds. The Middleton lad who found his career stagnant for a while has now been given a new lease of life under Black Flash Promotions and has 5 fights already lined up at least in 2015. Ryan topped the card in his last fight for BFP at the Middleton Arena stopping Gillingham’s Mick Mills in the 5th, in an entertaining battle last October and he will want to impress the home faithful again. Ryan gives McCauley the return after last years in close fought contest over 4 rounds. McCauley now gets his chance to put the record straight and gets the rematch he wanted over 6 rounds.
Taylor, 23, should have been fighting a week earlier on the Anthony Crolla world title bill at the MEN Manchester Arena, but after Crolla was injured in an attack by burglars the show was cancelled. Taylor was fit and ready and was lucky enough to get a spot on the show rather than waste a training camp. With a title fight just around the corner for this stylish schooled boxer, he cant hang around and get cold, so this is a perfect opportunity for him in his home town, the first time he would have fought there as a pro. Taylor will take on former Matthew Ryan foe Mick Mills.
We are also treated to the latest outing of the ‘Wythenshawe Warrior’ Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly who travels the few miles up Princess Parkway and Rochdale Rd to the Northside of the City to grace the ‘Black Flash’ canvas. Unbeaten in 12 fights with 4KO’s, ‘Kilrain holds the British Masters title and is now on the verge of challenging for a major domestic belt, with the English, Irish and British championships in his sights. Kelly, 22, takes an early year fight to keep the cogs turning and will look to get a good performance in over 4×3’s against Kent’s Danny Shannon.
Highly touted super-featherweight prospect Zelfa ‘Brown Flash’ Barrett will have his 3rd professional fight after making his debut on BFP inargrial show at the end of October last year when he takes on Stockport’s Jamie Quinn over 4×3’s. Barrett, 21, outpointed Kristian Laight on his debut and shown us what skills and defensive qualities he carries. In his second fight in December he then reminded everyone he can also punch when he took out the usually durable Joe Beedon in just 52 seconds. The Brown Flash, nephew and prodigy of former British and European champion Pat Barrett, not only carries his uncles nickname into the ring but it seems plenty of the family boxing genes and if he can re-create the buzz that Pat did in the 80’s and 90’s in Manchester it will be something.
Two other prospects from the Collyhurst and Moston Boxing Club making their professional debuts on the card are light-welterweight Sean Ben Mulligan and light-middleweight Chris ‘Fat Boy’ Monaghan. Both with good amateur backgrounds behind them, these Pat Barrett trained lads have got plenty going for them and hope to follow in the clubs traditions of producing championship fighters. plus an exciting line-up of prospects from the Collyhurst and Moston Boxing Club.
Mulligan, 21, will take on Staffordshire veteran Matt Seawright over 6×2’s.
This promises to be an eventful night of boxing with some exciting talent plying their trade.