Paddy Barnes has no ill-attitude towards current undefeated European and Commonwealth champion Jay Harris but is expecting fireworks in their contest taking place on October 11.
Two-Time Olympic medalist Barnes (6-2, 1 KO) greets Wales’ trail-blazing Harris (16-0, 8 KOs) to the #MTKFightNight at Belfast’s legendary Ulster Hall in a bout – broadcasting live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank – that will propel the winner to world title contention.
Although much is on the line and both styles will all-but guarantee relentless action, Barnes is refusing to spark a war of words.
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‘The Leprechaun’ said: “I’m not going to try and play any mind games. They’re a load of rubbish. People are already buying tickets so I don’t need to do any of that fake stuff to try and sell this fight.
“Jay is a nice guy and we’ve sparred before. I like him. I’m sure he won’t say anything negative about me because we’re both respectful people.
“He’s obviously a great fighter. He’s always in your face and he’s always aggressive. He comes forward so I know what kind of fight I’m in for. I’m training for war and I believe his style will suit me.
“Jay is already European champion and Commonwealth champion. He hasn’t fought any big names but he’s got belts. He’s up there towards world level so beating him would prove where I’m at.”
Joining the hotly-anticipated clash between Barnes and Harris on a stacked bill are other mouth-watering match-ups in Sean McComb vs. Emiliano Dominguez Rodriguez and Marco McCullough vs. Viorel Simion.
Also on the undercard, will be Lewis Crocker, Gary Cully, Conrad Cummings, Callum Bradley, Sean Duffy, Ruari Dalton, and Pierce O’Leary will all be vying for the headlines. O’Leary is a nine-time amateur star out of Ireland and will be making his debut under the MTK Global banner in this event.