Another year passes and we find ourselves in 2015 and a year that promises to be a special one for British boxing and a memorable one for new promotional outfit Black Flash Promotions who stage ‘The New Year Explosion’ on January 31st at the Middleton Arena in Manchester.
It will be the second show for BFP, which burst onto the scene in October with their first professional show ‘The Homecoming” featuring the next generation, which was a resounding success and courted rave reviews. The Black Flash events will primarily showcase the talents of the next generation of boxers from the Collyhurst and Moston Gym where Barrett is head coach, but they also will accommodate other up coming prospects and established stars.
“Everything is well on course, the next show has almost sold out and the lads are looking great in the gym.” Former British and European champion, now trainer and show Promoter Pat Barrett told www.britishboxers.co.uk
“Anyone who didn’t get a ticket for this one can still tune in on the internet and watch the whole show live on BBTV so you can still get to see the lads perform. Plus we have another five dates booked at the Arena this year so our own lads are going to stay busy and there will also be the odd spot to add a couple of other fighters here and there too. I’m pleased to be working with friends Steve Wood, Darren McCarrick and Ensley Bingham and we have been able to accommodate two great prospects of theirs on this next show.
“Our gym is buzzing at the moment and all the lads are doing great, they have something to aim for, they know if they listen, work hard, stay fit and are ready to fight, they will get fights! We have some great prospects in the gym and it reminds me of the days when I was fighting and working under Brian Hughes in the same gym.”
“Anyone coming to the next show or watching on the stream can expect to see a great night of boxing showcasing the skills, hardwork and dedication of some special fighters and no one will go away disappointed.” added Barrett.
Fighters on the Jan 31st bill
The next show will again see the progress of Middleton’s Matthew Ryan (6-1, 1KO) a light-middleweight to date but who has future plans to shed the pounds and campaign at welterweight. Standing at 6′ 1″ Ryan will be an interesting proposition in the lower weight class and hopes to keep busy and earn himself a title shot by the end of the year.
“Fighting on my home town show again in Middleton means a lot to me and my fans.” said Ryan.
“I am building up a good fan base at the arena, it is close to my home and everyone can get there, the tickets have again flew out and I am really grateful to everyone who has bought tickets especially just after Christmas too and I cannot thank everyone enough. This show is going to be great and I intend to put on a show and get the place rocking I cant wait.” added Ryan.
Exciting Super-featherweight Zelfa ‘Brown Flash’ Barrett (2-0, 1KO) will partake in his 3rd professional fight on the bill. Barrett nephew of former Pat has impressed many so far with his stylish performances looking like a boxer far ahead of his two fight resume. In his pro debut he easily out worked the tough Kristian Laight and then scored a 1st round KO over Joe Beedon. He is a fighter with great offensive and defensive skills and one to watch!
Making their anticipated professional debuts will be Collyhurst and Moston’s Sean Ben Mulligan and Chris ‘Fat Boy’ Monaghan, two highly regarded prospects from the famous gym who are tipped for successful careers. Mulligan, 21, has already seen his pro debut delayed twice and is chomping at the bit to finally get his first fight under his belt.
“My pro debut has been long in coming but I can now finally get my first fight under my belt and get my career underway.” Said Mulligan.
“I’d like to thank my trainer and promoter Pat and all my family and friends who have stuck by me and on Jan 31st I will reward them with a good win.”
Monaghan, 23, from Salford gets his ‘Fat Boy’ tag he says; “When I used to be fat before I started boxing training and the name has just stuck.”
“I cannot wait to have my first pro fight, I have dreamed of this moment and on January 31st it is going to come true. I am aiming straight for the top and under the guidance of my coach Pat Barrett and Black Flash Promotions I can have a great career doing something that I love.” Added Monaghan.
Black Flash Promotions have also recently added two gems to the bill in current unbeaten British Master’s champions Jimmy Kilrain Kelly and Liam ‘Dinamo’ Taylor who beef up an already healthy and interesting looking new year boxing event in Manchester.
Kelly, 22, holds the light-middleweight Masters title and having trained hard over the Christmas period he was looking to get on the Black Flash bill and his manager and trainer Ensley Bingham made arrangements to make sure it happened. “This is a fantastic early opportunity to get 2015 off to a great start, I’m really pleased to be on this show, I watched the last Black Flash promotion online and it looked a great night and I’m ready to put on a good performance.” added the unbeaten Kelly, 12-0, 4KOs.
Taylor, 23, is the unbeaten light-welterweight Masters champion. With a 10-0, 3KO record the Middleton boxer says he is delight to be boxing in his hometown for the first time. Taylor was booked to fight on January 23rd on the big MEN Arena show on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s world title fight but after Crolla was attacked and injured in an incident outside the ring, the show was cancelled with Taylor and many others left disappointed and looking for another option.
“I had trained hard for my fight at the MEN and was gutted when the show was called off. I was well into training camp and I was looking forward to getting the year off to a good start. This show is just a week later and so I’m just so happy to get this chance on the Black Flash Promotion show and cant wait to fight and put on a top performance in-front of my own people in Middleton. I hope to be fighting for another title again early this year so getting out on this bill is really important for my progress and to stay active.” added Taylor.