Monday 19 February 2018

Barnes out to show Conlan's bosses what they're missing

Paddy Barnes is to fight for the WBO European flyweight belt in Belfast on 17 June
Paddy Barnes is to fight for the WBO European flyweight belt in Belfast on 17 June

Ciarán Gallagher

Paddy Barnes is hoping to show Michael Conlan's Top Rank promoters what they will be missing on St Patrick's Day when he takes to the ring in Belfast tonight.

Three-time Olympian Barnes has his second professional bout at the Waterfront Hall, taking on Argentina's Adrian Dimas Garzon on a rescheduled fight bill headlined by Conlan's brother Jamie.

The elder Conlan clashes with Nicaraguan Yader Cardoza for the vacant WBC international super-flyweight title after their original February 18 fight date was postponed due to Jamie contracting a chest infection.

That delay meant that Barnes' hopes of featuring on Michael Conlan's New York undercard were scuppered after the 29-year-old had made a cheeky Twitter pitch to Top Rank in an effort to get a support slot on his friend's professional debut bill.


The two-time Olympic medallist will instead travel to the Big Apple to support his old amateur team-mate, but Barnes plans on putting on a show tonight so he has an impressive highlights reel to show to Top Rank chiefs.

"After Top Rank see my fight, I think they'll be kicking themselves I'm not on the New York bill," laughed the Belfast flyweight.

Headliner Conlan also has his flights booked to see his younger brother's pro debut at Madison Square Garden, but undefeated Jamie (18-0) has to overcome Nicaraguan Yader Cardoza (21-10-1) in Belfast tonight.

"I know I've got a job to do on Friday and I'm actually glad I'm fighting before Mick so I can relax for his fight," said Jamie.

"I'll get my fight over with and it's good that we're going away on the Monday because I get to move on quickly."

Irish Independent

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