Paddy Barnes involved in war of words with “wee dick” Edwards

Paddy Barnes [5(1)-0] became embroiled in an online war of words last night with a top English prospect.

The 30 year old Belfast flyweight and youngster Sunny Edwards [6(2)-0] had a heated back and forth on Twitter following accusations of ducking.

Edwards, a promotional and managerial stablemate of Barnes, sent a thinly-veiled tweet lamenting how a world title chasing fighter had turned down a fight with him.

The 22 year old Londoner was blatantly referring to double Olympic bronze medalist Barnes, who had called for a fight with WBO champion Sho Kimura the previous night.

Unsurprisingly, Barnes responded to the posting, denying knowledge of any offer.

The pair would snipe at each other, back and forth, with Barnes questioning the offer while European bronze medalist Edwards persisted.

Barnes was reluctant to engage further with Edwards, but seemed to indicate a personal dislike of the fighter and his elder brother and world title challenger Charlie.

Since turning pro following the Rio Olympics, Barnes has claimed the WBO European and WBO Intercontinental flyweight titles and sits at #10 in the rankings.

Edwards is #15 at super flyweight, however this is by virtue of his WBO European super fly title win over Ross Murray – a fight where both weighed in around the 112lbs flyweight mark.


Joe O'Neill

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