Zelfa Barrett Wins Commonwealth Crown, Decisions Woodstock

By Tris Dixon

Leeds - Manchester’s Zelfa ‘Brown Flash’ Barrett collected the vacant Commonwealth super-featherweight title with a clear points victory over Lyon Woodstock.

Barrett won on all three scorecards, 118-110 and 117-111 (twice) but he was made to earn it. Woodstock was determined and pursued the back-footed Barrett through all 12 rounds.

Woodstock’s face was marking up through the first round. He was finding it difficult to contain Barrett’s speed and the Manchester man’s flashy variety was hard to predict. Yet Woodstock, now 12-2, at least had some hope. Barrett was, at times, defensively naïve, coming in with his hands down.


Zelfa snaked out his rapid left-hand lead through the second and his quick gloves were the difference in round three as he landed occasional right hands.

Woodstock was trying to work his way in behind the jab but Barrett, who turns 26 next month, was rarely to be found.

Zelfa switched southpaw briefly in round five and there was a feeling that if Woodstock could keep grinding away, maybe he could take the zip from Barrett’s fast footwork and rapid hands.

It wasn’t thrilling but Barrett landed some eye-catching blows in round seven and was bagging rounds.

Woodstock wanted him to stand and trade but Barrett moved and his work was of the quality over quantity variety.

Woodstock, who was getting lumps and bumps on his forehead, scored with some good shots downstairs in round nine but had his mouthpiece knocked flying by a right hand and in the 10th when Woodstock bit down and absorbed some more big shots while still trying to grind forwards.

Woodstock charged at Barrett in the 12th, forcing him to exchange, but Barrett managed to pop in a right uppercut and got on his bike as he managed to stay out of harm’s way.

“Everyone doubted me because I got beat [by Ronnie Clark] but I’m here and I’m here to stay,” said Barrett. “If I got beat now I should be packing it in. I feel like I’m ready for anything now. I’m back.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Yordenis Ugas Drops, Decisions Omar Figueroa in Eliminator Omar Figueroa-Yordenis Ugas - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Sergey Lipinets Blasts Out Jayar Inson in Two Rounds Luis Nery Lands Vicious Body Shot To Knock Payano Out in Ninth Manny Pacquiao: I Don't Think Keith Thurman Will Trade With Me Caleb Plant Drops Mike Lee Three Times, Stops Him in Third Caleb Plant vs. Mike Lee - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Efe Ajagba Forced To Go Distance, Decisions Demirezen Buboy: I Told Pacquiao, 'If You Are Angry at Thurman - KO Him!' Thurman: Pacquiao Knows Broner Fight Was B.S., Not Entertaining Dillian Whyte Gets Off The Floor To Decision Oscar Rivas Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Maxim Vlasov Gets Revenge, Decisions Isaac Chilemba Pacquiao vs. Thurman - LIVE Results From Las Vegas Errol Spence vs. Shawn Porter Made Official For September 28 David Price Saves Career, Breaks Down & Stops Dave Allen Keith Thurman-Manny Pacquiao: Stats and Stakes David Allen vs. David Price - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Chisora Knocks Szpilka Out Cold in Second Round Chisora vs. Szpilka - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Keith Thurman In 'Far Better' Shape For Pacquiao Than Lopez Thurman Admires Pacquiao, But He'll Retire Long Before He's 40 Dillian Whyte vs. Oscar Rivas - LIVE Results From London Pacquiao vs. Thurman: Preview and Analysis Caleb Plant: I Trained Harder For Mike Lee Than Uzcategui Angel Garcia: Thurman Ain't The Same Since He Fought Danny Lomachenko-Campbell Title Fight Official, 8/31 in London Caleb Plant: Mike Lee Has No Idea What He's Getting Himself Into Porter: Thurman Will Try To Get Manny Out Of There Real Quick Ellerbe: Pacquiao-Thurman Will End In KO; Could Be Hagler-Hearns Daily Bread Mailbag: Pernell Whitaker, Pacquiao-Thurman, More Photos: Teofimo Lopez Tested Tough To Beat Masayoshi Nakatani Dadashev Undergoes Two Hour Surgery, Part of Skull Removed Video: Leonard Ellerbe Reacts To Pacquiao-Thurman Weigh-In Video: Winky Wright Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Thurman Video: Danny Garcia Discusses Pacquiao vs. Thurman Video: Angel Garcia on Danny's Options, Mikey Garcia, More Video: Erik Morales on Pacquiao-Thurman, Canelo Franchise Belt Video: Marco Antonio Barrera on Pacquiao-Thurman, Canelo
Latest Active Forum Threads