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Paddy Barnes says SSE Arena bout is 'high risk' fight on fast-track to World title

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes says he's out to become a World champion as soon as possible.

The 30 year-old will fight for the WBO Intercontinental belt over 10 rounds against Nicaraguan Eliecer Quezada at the SSE Arena on Saturday evening.

He had originally hoped to defend his WBO European Flyweight title but complications with an opponent scuppered that plan.

Nonetheless, he says Saturday's bout on the undercard of Carl Frampton's homecoming fight is a risky move on route to a World title.

"Sometimes I think, what am I even doing taking opponents like this?" he laughed. "It's ridiculous. It's my fifth fight for my second title but it's high risk, high reward. I'm not here to mess about.

"I'm here to be a world champion as soon as I can. If I can't beat this guy, mjaybe I'm not good enough but I'll throw myself in at the deep end. It will be the toughest fight of my career but I'm more than ready. I know how good I am."

Barnes also said that he's hoping the home support can help haul him over the line at the SSE Arena.

"There could be a few close moments in the fight but I know the Belfast crowd will be very vocal," he said. "The hairs on the back of my neck are going to be standing up. I'm really looking forward to it."

"Seeing the Belfast public come out in such great numbers is great and I know they will continue to do that."

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