After suffering a shock defeat against Ronnie Clark, Zelfa Barrett is determined to find the positives and move forward.

Barrett is confident he can bounce back, but admits the loss on February 24th has made him realise who his true supporters are.

"I think I've learned who my friends are, who are my real people. It makes you realise who's actually there for you," he told the BoxNation Podcast.

The 24-year-old still has a bright future ahead and remains as one of Britain's most exciting prospects. He argues that there were a number of lessons learned from the disappointment at York Hall.

"I've shown people I'm not just a pretty fighter - I can fight, I've got heart. I've shown everyone I'm not the full article. I got beat but I got loads of positives from that defeat.

"I learnt a lot about myself, I learnt that I've got a good chin, I can go 12 rounds," he continued. "Credit to Ronnie Clark, great fighter. I'd like to thank him for what I've learnt."

Barrett v Clark

Clark made a fast start to the contest and drew his younger opponent into a war. In round six, he landed a huge uppercut which put Barrett down. The Mancunian took it well though and rallied late on before losing on the scorecards.

"I've ticked a few boxes where people think 'ah he's just a pretty fighter'. I've got heart, I've got a good chin. I got up and I won the rounds.

"A lot of fighters get hit like that and think 'do I really want this?'. I was embarrassed. If you watch the fight I got up straight away. I looked at my corner and they were telling me I should've taken an eight count, but in those situations I was embarrassed," recalled the 'Brown Flash'.

Interviewed after the bout, promoter Frank Warren said that he would like to see a rematch so Barrett can move on, and the fighter agrees.

"Of course, most definitely. I need to right a wrong. No disrespect to Ronnie, he's a good fighter, it's going to be a good fight. I'd like to take it straight away, because I wouldn't want another fighter to beat him [first]."

Listen to the full Zelfa Barrett interview on episode 16 of the BoxNation Podcast, where Ohara Davies has a few words for Jack Catterall and Mick Conlan's emphatic St Patrick's Day stoppage is reviewed.

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