Paddy Barnes now keen on clash with new World Champ Charlie Edwards


Paddy Barnes [5(1)-1(1)] says he is now willing to fight one of the Edwards brothers.

Barnes is a name that has passed through the siblings’ lips over the last 12 months, with the younger of the two, Sunny, particularly vocal about taking on the triple Olympian.

The recent world title challenger, has constantly rebuffed the call outs, and verbally lacerated the pair.

READ: Paddy Barnes involved in war of words with Sunny Edwards

Barnes would reveal he holds a genuine hatred of the English fighting brothers, alleging that Charlie once attempted to spread a rumour that Barnes withdrew from the 2011 European Championships after being badly beaten by the Surrey boxer in sparring

The double Olympic bronze medalist also argued he wasn’t interested in domestic dust ups claiming he solely has world aspirations.

So, now that Charlie Edwards is a world champion, ‘The Leprechaun’ claims it’s a fight he would take.

Edwards defeated the man that stopped Barnes from becoming the fastest Irish fighter ever to win a world title, Cristofer Rosales, to pick up the WBC flyweight title last month – making him a desirable target for the Cliftonville man.

“100 percent. Now that he has a world title and probably the best world title, the WBC is the best world title, if that fight was offered to me I’d take it straight away.100 percent,” Barnes told IFL TV.

Matchroom’s Edwards succeeded were Barnes failed by dethroning the Nicaraguan on December 22nd – and the 31-year-old, who still has world-champion-before-10-fights aspirations, claims the fight turned out just as he expected.

“I knew Edwards wouldn’t engage him. I knew Edwards would out boxing him. I am not the best boxer in the world I am more of a fighter and at times even for 20 seconds of rounds I was moving and frustrating him. That’s not my game that’s solely Charlie’s game so I knew Charlie Edwards would give him problems.”

“He done what I thought he would and he out boxed him,” he added before questioning whether or not a fight between the a duo with rival promoters could be made.

“I don’t really know the politics of boxing. I am with Frank Warren, he is with Eddie Hearn, but obviously we are with the same management team lets see what our managers say.”

More recently, Barnes has been linked with IBF world champion Moruti Mthalane. The South African has a mandatory defence to navigate first, but the South African’s team told Irish-boxing.com it was a fight they would be interested in.

READ: Team Mthalane open to Paddy Barnes fight

It’s certainly a fight Barnes wants and is one he has a road map drawn out for.

“He is a world champion at my weight. I’d be chasing any world champion at my weight,”

“I asked to fight Mthalane in my third fight. He was IBO champion then. He has the IBF champion now and I would love to fight him sometime this year.

“In my own head – I would like a six rounder, eight rounder, then a tough 10 rounder with someone in the top of the IBF. I could get a fella I asked for in my second fight, Mohammed Obbadi, who is ranked #5 or #6. If I get him I’d be ranked.”

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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