Fighting for a world title is an ambition that every fighter holds.
For some, it happens but for many, it doesn’t
For those who do get the chance to fight for a version of a world title, it is usually the culmination of numerous fights and collecting minor titles on the way, that has given them the right to fight for the ultimate prize.
However, there are a select few who, after showing their ring prowess, get a chance to be crowned and acknowledged as ‘and the new’ very early in their careers.
That is exactly what has happened to Paddy Barnes.
Barnes has only had FIVE professional fight but on the under-card of Carl Frampton’s fight, at Windsor Park, on 18 August, Barnes will have a chance to claim the WBC world flyweight title.
Barnes will be taking on the current champion, Cristofer Rosales of Nicaragua in what could be a historic night.
Rosales, who has lost to a British fighter in the form of Andrew Selby became the world champion after stopping the previously undefeated Daigo Higa of Japan in April.
Looking ahead to the fight, Carl Frampton has remarked,
“It’s huge for both of us. Paddy is my friend and I support him in whatever he does.
“He’s an exciting fighter too, he’s exciting to watch. I think his fight could potentially steal the show.”
If Barnes does win then he will most certainly steal the show.
A world champion after six-fights, now that would be some achievement but with Selby having beaten Rosales, who is to say Barnes can’t?