Pat Barrett (boxer)

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Pat Barrett
Statistics
Nickname(s) Black Flash
Weight(s) Light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1967-07-22) 22 July 1967 (age 51)
Manchester, England
Boxing record
Total fights 42
Wins 37
Wins by KO 28
Losses 4
Draws 1

Pat Barrett (born 22 July 1967) is a British former boxer and now a boxing trainer and promoter. He was British light welterweight champion between 1989 and 1990 and European champion from 1990 to 1992. He went on to fight for World titles at welterweight and light middleweight.

Boxing career[edit]

Nicknamed 'Black Flash' and trained by Brian Hughes,[1] Barrett took up boxing at the age of 16 and was an area champion as an amateur before making his professional debut in May 1987 with a win over Gary Barron. He won 13 of his first 15 fights, including a win over Dave McCabe, with a draw against Sugar Gibiliru, and the only defeat to Paul Burke.

In November 1988 he Kevin Plant on points in his home city to win the vacant BBBofC Central Area light welterweight title. He successfully defended this title against Gibiliru in April 1989, and Tony Willis four weeks later, and in October that year beat Robert Harkin on points at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall to take the British title.[2][3]

He relinquished the British title in 1990 to pursue higher honours. In August 1990 he challenged for Efrem Calamati's European title in Salerno, Italy, knocking the defending champion out in the fourth round to take the title.[2] He made three successful defences of the European title, against Salvatore Nardino in February 1991, Mark McCreath (April 1991), and Racheed Lawal (October 1991), stopping all three challengers.

He relinquished the European title and moved up to welterweight. In July 1992 he challenged for Manning Galloway's WBO World welterweight title at the G-Mex Centre, losing a unanimous decision, after the fight had been postponed several times, a situation that led him to leave promoter Mickey Duff to join Frank Warren's stable.[4] In September 1993 he faced Del Bryan for the vacant British welterweight title at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, Bryan taking the title on points.

He moved up in weight again to light middleweight, and in November 1993 met Patrick Vungbo in Belgium for the vacant World Boxing Federation World title; Vungbo won on a split decision.[5]

Legal problems led Barrett to leave the UK and travel to the United States to work with Lennox Lewis's former trainer John Davenport in the hope of securing a multi-fight contract and a second world title fight, and in March 1994 stopped journeyman Donnie Parker in four rounds. He returned to the UK, however, and shortly afterwards was arrested for failing to pay £6,000 of fines incurred for failing to produce his vehicle details after being repeatedly stopped by the police, and was declared bankrupt.[4] He served three months in HM Prison Risley followed by 12 months probation.[4] In December 1994 he beat Belgian champion Marino Monteyne in points in what proved to be his final fight, retiring the following year.[2]

Later life and career as trainer and promoter[edit]

In February 2003 Barrett was arrested after being found with a loaded pistol in a hotel room in Chingford, with small quantities of heroin and cannabis also found.[6] He denied all knowledge of the gun and drugs, claiming that he was set up (he was arrested as a result of an anonymous tip off), but was sentenced to two consecutive three-month terms in prison.[2][6] Barrett later described the sentence as "the best thing to happen to me. I got caught and it opened my eyes."[2]

On leaving prison, Barrett attempted to obtain a trainer's licence, a process which took him five years.[2] Barrett went on to run a security company and work as a trainer at the Moston and Collyhurst Gym, initially under Hughes, but later running the gym with homas McDonagh after Hughes retired, working with boxers such as Scott Quigg, Matty Hall, Matty Askin, and Barrett's nephew Zelfa.[1][2][7][8] In 2011 Barrett got a promoter's licence, initially working with Wally Dixon, and in 2014 started Black Flash Promotions.[7][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Collyhurst and Moston Awarded Northwest Boxing Club of the Year", scottquigg.com, 12 October 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Dooley, Terence (2015) "Pat Barrett on Promoting, Perseverance, Prison, More", boxingscene.com, 23 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  3. ^ "Boxing", Glasgow Herald, 7 November 1989, p. 40. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  4. ^ a b c Bunce, Steve (1994) "Barrett's chance for revival", The Independent, 24 December 1994. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  5. ^ Schoonjans, Tim (2007) "Mijn leven stond in het teken van boksen", brusselnieuws.be, 15 August 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  6. ^ a b "Champion boxer jailed over gun", Manchester Evening News, 13 August 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  7. ^ a b Slater, James (2014) "Former European champ Pat Barrett to promote first boxing show", fightnews.com, 24 October 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  8. ^ "Askin is Fylde's Wigan warrior", Blackpool Gazette, 23 November 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  9. ^ Slater, James (2014) "Pat Barrett: I should have stayed at light-welterweight and challenged Julio Cesar Chavez", Boxing News, 2 September 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2016
  10. ^ Keay, Sheldan (2015) "Former champion Pat Barrett showcasing some of Manchester's best young boxing talent", Manchester Evening News, 24 May 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015

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