Photo – Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Promoter Steve Goodwin has added some extra fuel to the fire that’s already burning between Hackney’s Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander and Former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan Barrett, by making their 11th September showdown, at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, for a championship title.
It’s already more than clear that neither Barrett or Alexander particularly likes the other by the comments each has been publicly making recently. Now with a championship belt on the line it’s become a ‘light the blue touch paper’ situation.
On Friday last week, prior to the photo shoot at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, for the promotional poster for the event, Barrett stated, “I don’t particularly like the man. I don’t like the way that he feels he has to call me out, he only had to be polite and put it in Boxing News. Instead he said I didn’t want to fight him.
He doesn’t exist in my World. I have no respect for the man. He’s upset the wrong person. All I’ll say to him is just run and hide.
I think he’ll fight the fight one of two ways. He might come out and try and nick the first few rounds and then run to see it out to a points win. If he thinks he can’t do that he’ll just start off running, making it as awkward as possible, but I don’t think his old legs will carry him the full ten rounds trying to outrun me, really.”
Barrett is annoyed that in May this year Alexander decided to publicly call him out on Steve Bunce’s BBC London Boxing Hour, following the breakdown of negotiations with Steve Goodwin for a fight between the two on Goodwin’s June 19th ‘Summer Fight Night Explosion’.
Now the scene is set and the volatile Ryan Barrett versus Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander is set to headline the Goodwin Promotions ‘It’s Personal’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday the 11th September 2010.
Co-headline will feature undefeated Light Middleweight rising star ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese in a championship fight against a yet to be named opponent.
‘It’s Personal’ also features the British professional debut of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s protégé Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, who will be facing the highly experienced Welsh battler Lana Cooper in a four round Featherweight contest.
Supporting the title double header will be no less than five undefeated stars; Cruiserweight Tony Conquest, 4 (1KO)-0, Welterweight John Wayne Hibbert, 6(4KO)-0, Lightweight Bradley Evans 5-0-1, Light Middleweight Michael Norgrove 2-0 and Lightweight Tony Owen 7(1KO)-0 all against yet to named opposition.
Goodwin promotions ‘It’s Personal’ event also features the professional debuts of Lightweight Jamie Arlain and the exciting, Ultrachem TKO Gym trained, Light Heavyweight Joel McIntyre.
Tickets for ‘It’s Personal’ at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 11th September 2010 are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).
For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at www.tickets.justlisten2this.com or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.