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17th Nov 2017

Paddy Barnes’ title fight opponent Eliecer Quezada misses weight

Barnes needed the towel to weigh in

Ben Kiely

Paddy Barnes

Paddy Barnes gave some people a little bit of a scare during Friday’s weigh-ins.

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes is scheduled to take on Argentina’s Eliecer Quezada for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental flyweight title on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s comeback against Horacio Garcia.

In just his fifth professional bout, the two-time Olympic medalist for Ireland will fight for a legitimate strap. Although, fans who showed up to the weigh-ins in Belfast may have gotten a wee fright when Barnes first stepped on the scales.

When he looked down at the scales, he didn’t like what it read. The commissioner told him he was too heavy, but he could try again, minus the jocks.

Paddy Barnes

They must have been some heavy jocks because when Barnes whipped them off and stood back up with a towel, he came in bang on weight.

The same cannot be said for his opponent Quezada, who could have only made weight in the same fashion if he was wearing the heaviest shorts in the world during his first attempt.

Quezada came in a whopping four pounds over the limit, but he will have two hours to shed the extra weight if he wishes to fight for the belt.

Jamie Conlan also came in on the limit, so his IBF super flyweight title will go ahead as planned. Frampton also bounced back from missing weight the last time he was scheduled to fight in Belfast by making the limit for his bout.