When Paddy Barnes [1(0)-0] says his power is Gennady Golovkin-like, he does so with the cheeky glint in his eye which he has become famous for.
However the three-time Olympian is serious when he states he has a lot more pop than he is given credit for, and he plans to prove he packs a wallop as destructive as his Twitter comebacks at the Waterfront on Friday night.
The Irish amateur legend takes on the brilliantly mulleted former foe of stable-mate Jamie Conlan, Adrian Dimas Garzon, over eight rounds and after joking at the top table that he would like to take the Argentine out in quicker fashion than his fellow Belfast wee man, inside three rounds, Barnes did stress he has power people don’t know about.
Indeed the keen-to-entertain World title hopeful is determined to show how heavy handed he is this coming Friday.
“Personally I am determined to show people the power I have,” Barnes told Irish-boxing.com following the top table.
“I have been an amateur for a long time and it’s very rare you hear people knocking out people in the amateur game and no one has seen me stop anyone on TV or that. I have dropped loads of people in sparring and hurt people, but at the end of the day there was no coverage and no one sees what you can do in the gym.
“Now I am on TV and fighting in front of crowds with the smaller gloves people will see it. They will see my Golovkin power!”
One rare videod example of the power of the Cliftonville man was his final WSB win over Olympian Yoel Finol, where he dropped the Venezuelan in the opening round.
Watch Barnes v Finol below:
Hopefully we see a similar destruction of a South American this Friday.
Photo Credit: Michael Hooley
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