Nicola Barke: The Burmese Python Document Review

Nicola Barke: The Burmese Python Document Review

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Nicola Barke for FightPost. When you interview fighters for the first time there is always some trepidation. You are never quite sure what you are going to get. With Barke, I got plenty. In many ways, she is an inspiration, although maybe not if you have aspirations of being a ballet dancer.

In his first original release for John Warrington has seemingly brought my interview to life in a new documentary about Barke. Documentaries are many, good ones are few. This is a good one. A very good one.

Warrington takes us on a journey that starts with Barke having her last Lethwei fight up to her entry into the world of professional boxing.

Barke has competed in many a martial art, but the way to boxing was born out of tragedy. In Yorkshire in 2019, she was involved in a car crash which sadly had fatalities in the other car involved in an accident on dangerously icy roads. Barke was in the passenger seat and had to watch it all unfold before her very eyes.

The aftermath of the experience hit Barke hard, her body went into shock, depression followed, not helped by the passing of her grandad and the subsequent national lockdown because of the ongoing pandemic. Barke described this period as the darkest time she has been through in her life.

In the documentary Barke talks us through her battle with her mental demons through this traumatic period in her life. Barke, ever the fighter fought back realising that she was lucky to be alive. Soon after the comeback from many things began.

There is plenty to like in the nearly 90-minute documentary. Particularly hitting is her parents talking about their concerns for their daughter participating in such a dangerous world.

Little snippets of her application to the British Boxing Board of Control and signing a new sponsorship deal are interesting and are rarely seen and add much to the experience of the film.

The documentary which covers a two-year period, concludes with Barke finally having her professional debut and showing extended highlights of her maiden professional fight. What shines through the entire documentary is the closeness of the inner circle and the trust Barke places in her team.

From start to finish it is a thoroughly entertaining and insightful watch and comes highly recommended and is available to watch now.

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