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Paddy Barnes closing in on lifelong dream

This is a great and early opportunity for the man from Belfast, in which will be just his sixth professional fight.

Barnes is one of the best amateur boxers in Ireland, won a bronze medal in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014, and won the 2010 European Championship.

The 31-year-old fighter hopes to consolidate this legacy by becoming a professional world champion on August 18.

“This is the night that defines my boxing career,” said Barnes.

“I did very well as an amateur, and people will remember me for what I achieved, but the green and gold world title is what I really want. It would underline and vindicate everything I did as an amateur… to win this pro championship fight.”

“I’ve been doing this since I was 16. Now it’s a bit more difficult because I have two children, but it will be worth it in the end.”

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