‘I know nothing’ – Joe Fitzpatrick’s Spanish opponent just coming to fight

It’s simple for Iago Barros [ 5(2)-15(2)-2 ] the bell rings and he fights.

The Spaniard, know in Ireland for an extremely entertaining and competitive fight with Dublin’s Martin Quinn, returns to these shores to fight Joe Fitzpatrick [9(6)-0] on the top of the stacked Celtic Clash 9 bill.

It would appear a massive fight for the respected journey man, as not only does he share top billing against a Commonwealth Games medal winner, but he also has the chance to drastically change his career with BUI Celtic title victory.

Although the 36-year-old seems blissfully unaware of not only what awaits, but what is at stake. It seems Barros fights and leaves the complexities of everything else to his manager!

The La Coruna native comes to Devinish and into a fight with ‘The Dragon’ with the same ‘lets fight and entertain’ mantra he brings to any venue, fight and ring.

Like fellow Spanish character Manuel of Fawlty Towers fame he claims to ‘know nothing’ – apart from the fact he will do his best to put on a show.

“I don’t know how [the fight] came up. I just know that my manager offered it to me and of course he accepted,” Barros told Irish-boxing.com.

“I don’t know anything about Joe. I hope he is a clean athlete and we both enjoy the fight,” he continues before claiming further ignorance this time with regard to the title on the line. 

“The truth is that I learned that it was a title a few days after accepting the fight.I just hope he and his fans enjoy the fight.”

Winning the BUI Celtic title would no doubt make Barros the number 1 target for a host of early day Irish fighters – and would potentially enable him to secure a career high pay day.

However, that is something else he elects not to comprehend, although he does admit to now being excited about claiming a first ever boxing belt.


“Well, I’m excited about this title now. I won title’s in kickboxing, K1 and Muay Thai. This will be my first title in boxing, and I really want to win it.”

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As stated before Barros last appeared in Ireland against Martin Quinn – who faces Stephen Webb on the same October 12 Clash Card.

It’s quite possible his performance that night persuaded Boxing Ireland to use his as a test for their new signing.

Again the battle keen Barros isn’t too sure, but does warn he will bring that same intensity and desire to his fight with the Belfast southpaw.

“Well I do not know, really,” he responds when asked if the Quinn clash played a part in him being invited back to Ireland. 

“I only worry about fighting every time I get in the ring. I was very happy when I fought the last time in Ireland. The public and the people behaved very well with me. Surely we can give them a good fight that we will all enjoy.”


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com