Bar­rett leaves noth­ing to chance ahead of ti­tle clash

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - BOX­ING By SHELDAN KEAY

ZELFA Bar­rett says he is treat­ing his English su­per-feath­er­weight ti­tle fight with Chris Con­well like it’s a world ti­tle shot.

The two Manch­ester box­ers face off for the va­cant belt at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Oc­to­ber 21.

Bar­rett is ex­cited to be chal­leng­ing for his first belt, and says he is leav­ing no stone un­turned in the gym ahead of the bout.

“I’m train­ing like this is a world ti­tle fight. Chris Con­well is go­ing to bring his A game but I be­lieve in what I am go­ing to do,” he said.

“I’ve had a lot of learn­ing fights, they’ve been against very tough and durable op­po­nents. After I beat Chris I will be ready for any­one and ev­ery­thing.

“I re­spect every fighter mas­sively. I’d never un­der­es­ti­mate any­one. I’m a smart man. Chris has a lot of heart and he trains hard. We are both from Manch­ester and we can both fight, there is a lot of pride on the line.”

Bar­rett is un­beaten in his ca­reer, hav­ing won all 18 of his fights, with 11 of those wins com­ing by stop­page.

His last bout took place in July when he needed just one round to stop Jor­dan El­li­son at Bowlers Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

Con­well has a record of nine wins and two de­feats, and held the Cen­tral Area su­per-feath­er­weight ti­tle after de­feat­ing Lee Appleyard last year.

The 31-year-old has pre­vi­ously chal­lenged for the English belt, but was stopped by Andy Tow­nend in Don­caster last Novem­ber.

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