Paddy Barnes Eager To Stun Rosales, Vows To "Create History"

By Terence Dooley

Paddy Barnes (5-0, 1 KO) has already made history in his boxing career after netting two Olympic medals, a bronze at the Beijing Games in 2008 and another one at London 2012, yet he believes the record books will be opened again next weekend when he meets Cristofer Rosales (27-3, 18 early) for the WBC flyweight title at Belfast’s Windsor Park next Saturday night in only his sixth professional fight.

A win for the Belfast-based Barnes would see him win a world title in double quick time and the 31-year-old, who is dubbed “The Leprechaun”, believes it is destined to be his night in front of his legion of fans. 

“I’ve been fast-tracked because of my amateur background and World Series of Boxing history,” he said when speaking to Andy Watters of the Irish News. 


He added: “That’s why I’ve been pushed on faster than usual.  I said at the start that I would win a world title within 10 fights and here I am in my sixth fight.  Coming to Belfast shouldn’t faze him, but I don’t really care if he’s fazed or not.  I have my fighting style, he has his and I know that if I do what I do best then no one’s going to beat me.”

Barnes has been out of action since posting a sixth-round KO win over Eliecer Quezada in November yet the former star amateur believes that ring rust will not be a problem when he meets his moment of destiny on a bill that also features Carl Frampton and Tyson Fury. 

He said: “It was hard to get an opponent signed up for a world title.  I still could have fought on the last Frampton show and the Mick Conlan show but I didn’t because I want to create history and win a world title in my sixth fight.”

Please send news and views to @Terryboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 08-12-2018

Paddy Barnes sounds like a mythological Irish character out of an old novel!

Comment by chico malo loc on 08-12-2018

It would be great to see Ireland with a world champ! War Barnes !

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Jesus Rojas May Face Can Xu in Year-End Title Defense Yunier Dorticos Still Wants Revenge on Gassiev, Plots Return Canelo: I'll Look to KO Golovkin From Very First Round of Rematch Oleksandr Teslenko, Nicholson, Ivan Golub in Action in AC Devin Haney vs. Juan Carlos Burgos on September 28, ShoBox Photos: Bryant Jennings, Hart, Dimitrenko, Stevenson - Workouts Photos: Juan Francisco Estrada Grinds Hard For Superfly 3 Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Go Face To Face De La Hoya Not Concerned Clenbuterol Will Taint Canelo's Legacy Photos: Frampton, Fury, Jackson, Pianeta - Open Workouts Devin Haney Obtains Promoter's License in California Carl Frampton Insists That He Has Learned From Past Mistakes Carlos Negron Inks Managerial With King Kong Boxing Bellew: I'm Chasing Greatness, Usyk Fight is Looking Likely Now Fury: I'm Still The Same Old G, I Want To Smash Wilder's Face In! Photos: Tyson Fury Looking Very Slim at Open Workout Antonio Tarver Arrested For Domestic Battery in Florida Abel Sanchez: No Beef? I Hope Canelo Stopped Eating Duck Too! Frank Warren: Fury-Wilder Winner Is World's Best Heavyweight Granados: Garcia Wouldn't KO Me, Either; Would Need Judges' Gift Tyson Fury: Let's Face It, Wilder Hasn't Really Fought Anybody Quigg: If Frampton Faces Warrington - Winner Has To Fight Me!'s Television Picks of The Week - August 15 James Branch To Return, October 6 In Leicester Fury: If Pianeta Chins Me - I'll Crawl Over and Kiss His Feet! Euro News: Rossing, Schwarz, Edis Tatli, Formella, Gamhour Ray Beltran: Lomachenko Must Beat Me To Get To Mikey Garcia Hugo Ruiz Makes Quiet Return, Aims To Reclaim World Title Katie Taylor - Documentary To Lift Lid on Split With Her Dad Top Rank's DuBoef on Decision To Go With ESPN, NVBHOF Nod Hearn Reacts To Critics: Miller vs. Adamek is NO Mismatch! Joseph Diaz, Manager To Meet: Decide on Weight Class Future Canelo 30-Day Weight For Golovkin Rematch - 167.4-Pounds Loeffler: Golovkin is 1 Win Away From Breaking Hopkins Record Fury: Wilder Coming Over Because He Knows Where Daddy Lives Arum is Firm: Murata To Face Quigley, Won't Bow To WBA Order Jermain Taylor - Domestic Violence Charges Are Dropped Tony Yoka's Appeal is Rejected, Doping Ban is Upheld By Judge Jacobs-Derevyanchenko Likely Headed to MSG Theater October 27 Derrick Webster Continues Streak, Stops Les Sherrington

Latest Active Forum Threads