Olympic star Paddy Barnes is hopeful about his chances of achieving his goals at light-flyweight as he plans for Saturday’s huge stage of Féile an Phobail.
“The Leprachaun”, who obtained two Olympic medals during a distinguished amateur career, was denied a flyweight world title in just his sixth professional fight and is now looking to restart his title chances in the 108lb division.
Barnes will be in the against Joel Sanchez in front of an astonishing home crowd on the forthcoming #MTKFightNight in Belfast’s Falls Park.
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Barnes said to the media: “The plan is to get to light-flyweight. I’ll be flyweight for this one and then I’ll fight again later this year.
“When a title shot arises at light-flyweight, I’ll make the weight. Until then, I’ll get as close as possible in the interim fights.
“I’ve been working hard training-wise and I’ve made some changes with my nutrition. I have a nutritionist I work with every day. I should have had one since the start of my career – it’s making a big difference.
“I can’t wait to just get another win on Saturday. I’m going to clear my head, have my hand raised and be back to winning ways. Then it’s on towards titles at light-flyweight.
“It’s great to be able to fight in front of the Belfast crowd. This event is absolutely massive and it’s going to be a truly great night for Irish sport.
“Someone asked me what time I’m on and what time they should arrive and I just told them to go as early as possible because the whole bill is superb. You’ve got prospects emerging and then some true 50-50s.”