Despite having only five professional bouts under his belt, Paddy Barnes is already targeting the biggest fights at Flyweight.

The Triple-Olympian is coming off a career-best performance against Eliecer Quezada in November. He halted the Nicaraguan in the sixth round with a crushing body blow to score his first career stoppage and pick up the WBO Inter-Continental belt.

Barnes believes he is prepared to face the elite Flyweights, and on Thursday evening he called out WBO World Flyweight Champion Sho Kimura on Twitter.

"I’m sure you are due to have a voluntary defence, I’m number 10 with WBO, wanna fight?" asked the 30-year-old.

Barnes’ amateur pedigree and work ethic has ensured the Belfast man is being fast-tracked to World Title glory.

Tokyo's Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KOs) would represent the biggest challenge in Barnes’ career so far and a major step up in class, but the callout highlights the confidence ‘The Leprechaun’ has in his own ability.