Paddy Barnes: Belfast fighter to face Jay Harris at the Ulster Hall in October

Paddy Barnes recorded a comfortable points victory over Joel Sanchez in Belfast earlier this month
Paddy Barnes recorded a comfortable points victory over Joel Sanchez in Belfast earlier this month

Paddy Barnes will take on European and Commonwealth flyweight champion Jay Harris in a non-title fight at the Ulster Hall on 11 October.

Olympic medallist Barnes, 32, returned to winning ways earlier this month with a comfortable points victory over Joel Sanchez at Falls Park.

Welshman Harris, 28, beat Angel Moreno to claim the vacant EBU flyweight title in June.

"I can't wait for this fight," said north Belfast fighter Barnes.

"It will be a great, exciting bout because Harris is an aggressive fighter like myself so I already know he will be in my face."

This will be Barnes' seventh professional fight in Belfast having won five out of his previous six, with his sole defeat inflicted by WBC world flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales at Windsor Park in August 2018.

Harris is unbeaten in 16 professional fights with eight knockouts to his name.

"It is good it's in Belfast as the fans wont have to travel far," added Barnes.

"But we are both experienced fighters so it doesn't matter where it is. It's going to be a brilliant fight."