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Paddy Barnes & Terry Flanagan in action Oct 11 at Belfast’s legendary Ulster Hall

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Paddy Barnes has no ill feeling towards undefeated European and Commonwealth champion Jay Harris but is predicting an explosive clash on October 11.

Double Olympic medalist Barnes (6-2, 1 KO) welcomes Wales’ trail-blazing Harris (16-0, 8 KOs) to the #MTKFightNight at Belfast’s legendary Ulster Hall in a bout – broadcast live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank – that will propel the winner to world title contention.

Although much is at stake and their styles all-but guarantee relentless action, Barnes is refusing to spark a war of words.

‘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, the likes of Lewis Crocker, Gary Cully, Conrad Cummings, Pierce O’Leary, Callum Bradley, Sean Duffy and Ruari Dalton will all be vying for the headlines.

Flanagan returns on huge Belfast card

Former world champion Terry Flanagan will be back in action when he competes on the huge #MTKFightNight event at the iconic Ulster Hall in Belfast on October 11.

Flanagan (34-2, 14 KOs) returns live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and also live on iFL TV, fresh off the back of his impressive stoppage win over Jonas Segu in July.

The Manchester star is excited to be part of a massive event in Northern Ireland, and plans on rewarding the fans with a performance to remember.

Flanagan said: “I’m delighted to be back in action again. Fighting in Belfast is something I’ve always wanted to do in my career and I can’t wait to compete at the iconic Ulster Hall.

“I was pleased with the win in my last fight and now it’s about building on that momentum as I work towards getting back in the mix at world level at lightweight.

“We saw over the weekend just how exciting the lightweight division is, and I’m looking to produce another major performance on October 11 that reminds everyone just what I’m capable of.”

Joining Flanagan on a special night in Belfast is a fantastic flyweight battle between Jay Harris and Paddy Barnes, Sean McComb taking on Emiliano Dominguez, while IBF European champion Marco McCullough defends against Viorel Simion.

A busy undercard includes Lewis Crocker, Gary Cully, Conrad Cummings, Callum Bradley, Sean Duffy, Pierce O’Leary and Ruari Dalton.


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