Nicaraguan Cristofer “Látigo” Rosales, whos WBC flyweight champion is sauntering into the “Lions’ Den,” in Northern Ireland, on August 18, with no pause, or clause of doubt whatsoever.
His rival is former Olympian Paddy Barnes, and this fight is on a card that will star Carl Frampton, at the Windsor Park in Belfast.
Cris is confident that: “Irish eyes are smiling,” and that the fans will applaud his willingness to come to Paddy’s backyard, plus his singular will to win saying:
“I’m in phenomenal shape to defend my crown. This training camp has been excellent. We have total confidence of defeating Barnes.
“Even though he had a good career as an amateur, I’m going to show him that I am the champion.”
Barnes has had just five fights in professional boxing, with only one KO, but he had a solid career in amateur boxing, winning two Olympic bronze medals, at the 2008 Beijing Games and London 2012.
Rosales, on the other hand, dished up a gigantic surprise on April 15, when he knocked out Daigo Higa, in nine rounds, to win the flyweight crown of the WBC.
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