By Gareth Mills @GarethMills85
On 15th June, British Super Featherweights Zelpha ‘Brown flash’ Barrett (21-1 13 KO) and Lyon ‘The Lion” Woodstock JR (12-1 5 KO) will meet in the First Direct Arena, Leeds for the vacant Commonwealth Super Featherweight title.
This very evenly matched fight takes place on the undercard of the IBF world title fight with Josh Warrington and Kid Galahad. This will be Barrett’s 3rd outing since his upset points loss to Ronnie Clark last year which was for the vacant IBF European Super Featherweight title.
Barrett battled bravely and dealt well having to battle back after being knocked down during the fight. With Woodstock JR serving as a step up in class in comparison to Barrett’s 2 previous fights both against Nicaraguan (12-50-5) Edwin Tellez which ended in a points win and a TKO. With Barrett having perviously won and the current holder of the English Super Featherweight title with a KO victory over Chris Conwell.
Woodstock will also come into the contest having suffered a knockdown in his sole defeat with a unanimous decision over Archie Sharpe (15 – 0). Having being down on all 3 judges scorecards, Woodstock will be looking to build upon his previous outing that resulted in a points victory over Sergio Gonzalez (10-13-5) and may have something to prove against his more experienced opponent. With Woodstock having previously tasted success, having won the WBO European Super Featherweight strap against Craig Poxton, coincidently at the First Direct Arena In Leeds.
Will this trip back to Leeds be a happy hunting ground for Woodstock?
With both men not afraid to go to the body, this could well be an excellent fight that we have on our hands. By no means does a loss for either of these fighters mean that this is the end of the road for them, but the victor can look to further progress their career in a superb Super Featherweight division that is packed with talented British fighters.
A potential fight with British Champion Sam Bowen could well be on the cards for the winner further down the line and an added incentive that they can gain the Commonwealth strap gives an already great fight that little bit more intrigue.