A NEW tattoo has appeared just above Zelfa Barrett’s right wrist. None of Barrett’s ink comes from the well thumbed pages of the tattooist’s catalogue. From the portraits of his brother, John, and cousin, Wayne, – both of whom were taken tragically before their time – to the ‘Flash’ symbol that represents the nickname that both he and his uncle and trainer, Pat, have carried to the ring, every piece is unique and personal to the 26 year old. The latest addition to his soon to be completed sleeve is a brain in the shape of a boxing glove.
The small tattoo symbolises a big shift. Over the past year, Barrett has changed. The belief that was shaken by a surprising loss to Ronnie Clark last year and a torn achilles tendon has returned but these days there is a real conviction about his actions and words.
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