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.
.@sho_kimura1105 I’m sure you are due to have a voluntary defence, I’m number 10 with WBO, wanna fight? 👀👍— Paddy Barnes OLY (@paddyb_ireland) January 4, 2018
"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.