Paddy Barnes To Return On October 6 In Scotland

By Elliot Foster

Paddy Barnes has had his next fight date confirmed.

The Belfast flyweight, who is the current holder of the WBO European crown, will box in Scotland later this year.

Barnes outpointed Silvio Olteanu on June 17 at the Waterfront Hall to win the belt, but the 30-year-old is set for a tune-up on a four-title card on October 6 at Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh.


An opponent for the two-time Olympic bronze medallist has yet to be revealed for a card which is topped by a pair of British title fights and a pair of Celtic title clashes.

Gary Cornish comes up against Sam Sexton in a battle of the big men for the vacant domestic crown at heavyweight, while the cruiserweight belt is being contested by Stephen Simmons as Matty Askin looks to retain it in his first defence.

The vacant Celtic super-middleweight title is being contested on the card between Tommy Philbin and Rhys Pagan and Paddy Gallagher defends his welterweight version of the bauble against Gary Murray, who is undefeated, while there is action for Thomas Dickson and Monty Ogilvie.

Lewis Benson completes the card, Stephen Tiffney faces Troy James over 10 rounds and there is a debut appearance for Aidan McGlynn.

IN OTHER NEWS: Sean Dodd has had his next fight foe confirmed.

The Commonwealth and WBC International lightweight champion fights Thomas Stalker in a defence of his belts on September 30 at the ECHO Arena, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

But first, the 32-year-old will warm up over eight rounds on Saturday (August 19) at the home of his beloved Tranmere Rovers Football Club, Prenton Park, against international opposition.

‘Masher’ is set to face Antonio Horvatic, of Croatia, for the vacant International Masters belt at super-lightweight, before bringing his weight down to the lightweight limit to come up against former Team GB captain Stalker in six weeks’ time.

Horvatic, 30, is best known on these shores as being the victim of a one-round blitzing at the hands of Mitchell Smith back in 2015.

He has been in with a number of other UK fighters and was last in action against Lewis Paulin on June 3 at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Meanwhile, Lee Quinn –– who was set to be making a return to the ring on the card –– has been withdrawn after the British Boxing Board of Control’s requisite paperwork wasn’t processed in time for him to fight on the bill.

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