Once again Black Flash Promotions put on a humdinger of a small hall show, this time it was Liverpool that was the recipient of such an event. The atmosphere was five star and the sportsmanship of the men and ladies, and I mention ladies, was 100%. Not a boo was heard, visiting boxers received cheers when introduced and ovations at the end of the bouts. Not only do ‘Black Flash Promotions’ bring value for money shows but they also seem to have a nucleus of great sporting clients.

Karl Barry one of the team behind the event had this to say about the first professional boxing fight to take place at Fusion in Liverpool City Centre. “It was the successful inauguration of ‘small hall’ professional boxing in Liverpool sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control, which is the governing body for professional boxing in the UK.

The feed back from both fans and boxers was fantastic and the function room was transformed, in part, into changing areas ideally suited for the number of bouts scheduled with a slight capacity for increase. The boxers gave thrilling entertainment and value for money to spectators. 

The boxers I spoke to, both ‘home’ and ‘away’ fighters’, made comments ranging from feeling at home in the venue to feeling comfortable and appreciative of the shower facilities at the end of their bouts; their aren’t many small hall venues that can boast separate for medical examinations rooms equipped for such and weigh-ins by BBBofC officials.

Lessons have been learned about improving the experience for the fans by looking at lead-in and break periods at the start and in the middle of the show, to allow greater access to the Bar and perhaps screening short bio’s of the fighters. I was informed on the night, by the promoter, that It not unlikely that next year that bouts at Fusion could be televised on prominent cable or terrestrial TV either live or recorded. 

The future for professional boxing is bright in Fusion in particular; giving débutantes and those early on in their careers the much needed exposure and experience need to make future champions and household name. Fusion will feature prominently in this development and I hope will become a name synonymous with expertly run shows in the North West, the UK and beyond. ”