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Published on Jul 22, 2011
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, grown to love boxing and went on to win the British and European titles, within two years of turning professional.
Born on the 22nd July, 1967 and rared up on a tough North Manchester council estate, Barrett walked into the Collyhurst and Moston Lads Club at sixteen, following his brother Michael who was an amateur boxer there. The gym was run by local working class hero, boxing historian and highley respected trainer Brian Hughes.
In this video, the first of a series, Barrett speaks openly like never before about his career in boxing, the influence and belief, Hughes instilled in him. Barrett who now runs the same gym, he walked into 20 odd years ago, since the retirment of Hughes, also opens up about his life out of boxing and ups and downs in his private life, that at times effected his boxing. Throughout the picture, Barrett constantly relays back to Brian Hughes MBE and it is plain to see to the viewer that the words and knowledge of Hughes are engrained into the soul of 'The Black Flash' and he now hopes to pass that onto the new youngters who climb the same stone steps up to the gym, he did.
In our next installments Barrett talks about the fight with Julio Ceaser Chavez, that nearly got made and he tells us how he thinks he would have faired against the legendary Mexican, who at the time Pat was suppose to fight him was unbeaten in 80 fights with over 50 knockouts.
Barrett over the years has been aloof and not interested in giving interviews or speaking about his life, but in this exclusive rare interview by friend Chris Maylett, Barrett decided to take a trip down memory lane, to create a biographical video of his life in and out of the ring, in his own words.
Part 2 will be available next week and then every week after that, which will stretch to over 1 hour of footage.