In what was one of the most dramatic fights so far at Matchroom Fight Camp, Zelfa Barrett produced an incredible stoppage of Eric Donovan last weekend, in a performance that underlined how top fighters need more than one gameplan. 

The Irishman was widely regarded as being ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage, however, Manchester’s Barrett turned the fight on its head with a fearsome left hook. 

He emphasised to BBTV that the ability to switch the fight up could be crucial in his journey to the top. 

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“Good fighters have more than one gameplan, good fighters have more than one style, good fighters can change. Some fighters can’t do that – they have one style and one style only, they can only box, I can box, I can fight – I can do everything and I have just shown everybody that.

“I just beat a pure boxer, a pure awkward southpaw boxer, he’s a fighter’s worst nightmare. You put him in the ring with a fighter and he will just tear them apart. 

“This is the process of becoming a champion because when you fight everybody you know you can beat them. You can smell a champion from a mile away as a fighter, a boxing pundit or boxing lover and for me to come back, dig deep, get caught with a good shot but pull out a spectacular knockout like that – only special fighters do that. That’s the ingredients of a champion. 

“I have shown that I can adapt, boxing connoisseurs will see that I saw my style at the beginning wasn’t working so I changed it, boxing connoisseurs will read that a mile away and know that I’m going to go far.”

He went onto reveal that promoter Eddie Hearn praised him after, stating ‘Champions adapt, you did what you needed to do – this is what champions do’.

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