Triple-Olympian Paddy Barnes believes the exposure on BoxNation and BT Sport could help entice Sho Kimura to Belfast.

Last week, the Northern Irishman called out Kimura who is the WBO World Champion at Flyweight, where Barnes holds the European and Inter-Continental belts.

"At the end of the day, they're only rankings belts. I'm 10th at the minute. I'm hopeful that the World Title fight is very soon," he told the latest BoxNation Podcast.

"I see he defended his title on New Year's Eve. The fight could be made because I'm in the top 10 rankings. He had a mandatory fight there against the number one contender. Hopefully he would pick me [for a voluntary], because for him it would be a positive thing to fight me."

Last time out, Barnes boxed on Carl Frampton's undercard in front of thousands of fans at the SSE Arena, with the card shown live on BoxNation and BT Sport.

Frampton returns to action on April 21st and Barnes is hopeful that the prospect of defending his belt on a big show will convince Kimura to travel to Belfast.

Barnes punch

"Nobody really knows him outside of Japan. No one really knows me anywhere either, except Ireland and the UK," he admitted. "If he was to fight me, the exposure he would get would be unbelievable."

While he may not have watched much of Kimura in action, 'The Leprechaun' is assured he has the beating of the 16-1-2 Tokyo talent: "It's mainly been YouTube, a few of his fights. He's obviously good, he's World Champion, but I'd be confident in beating him. Definitely."

Shortly after he tweeted Kimura, Barnes was being called out by Super-Flyweight Sunny Edwards, which lead to a heated exchange on Friday evening.

"I've stopped replying to his tweets because he's an absolute no one, he's a kid. I'm 30-years-old, I'm not gonna be here for a long time. I'm not going to put myself through a 12-week camp for a backwards step.

"His friends and family sent some tweets. Some of them, for me, have been very insulting, and he's told a lot of lies. If I was him I'd be very careful," warned the Belfast man.

Also on episode six of the BoxNation Podcast, Frank Warren answers questions from the fans, and Peter Fury opens up about his split from Tyson Fury.

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