Coldwell Boxing is thrilled to announce that David Barnes will face former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris at the De Veres Hotel, Bolton on Sunday 11th March 2012
After original opponent Giuseppe Lauri pulled out with the flu, promoter David Coldwell decided to postpone the show rather than bring in someone with little credibility or reputation at such short notice. After an enquiry about American, Steve Forbes fell by the wayside an offer was made to "Vicious" Vivian and he accepted.
The Guyana born 33-year old has shared the ring with names such as Carlos Maussa, Oktay Urkal, Souleymane M'Baye, Juan Lazcano, Junior Witter and most recently Victor Ortiz.
Barnes is ecstatic at the opportunity that this fight provides for him.
"This fight is much bigger now. It's a great chance to show people what I can do against a much bigger name but I've still gotta go in and do the job properly," Barnes told coldwellboxing.com.
"This could open up a lot more doors for me because of who he is. I was gutted when Lauri pulled out but that's boxing. Everything happens for a reason and it's led to fighting a guy like Harris."
In a statement issued by his team, Harris had this to say about fighting again in the UK.
"I love fighting in England and I am proud to share my skills with the British people so they will believe in me and support me on the way to the welterweight crown. People have doubted me although my manager Thomas Hickey has believed in and supported me as I look to win a new title in this competitive division."
Hickey himself added "Vivian along with my five heavyweights welcome the rivalry of British versus Americans in this great sport of boxing."
He also stated "I truly look forward to the ongoing competition both here and abroad."
Harris added "I am ready to prove to the world now that I will once again be champion of the world."
In addition to Coldwell Boxing securing its first Sky television date on April 14th, the announcement of Harris fighting on our Bolton show is another statement of intent from David Coldwell. And he's backing his charge to deliver against the hard-hitting Harris.
"I believe in David Barnes. He's got his head screwed on, I talk to him a lot and he knows that this is his last chance.
This has gotten him excited and got his juices flowing. Harris is still a name in America so if David wins it will be talked about over there. Only three fights ago he was fighting Victor Ortiz. We know he's not the force he once was but he's a gatekeeper to much bigger things.
Barnes, talent wise can be a European champion minimum. I expect him to be at world title level. If he can win and look good against Harris who knows what could happen for him."
DAVID BARNES VS. VIVIAN HARRIS takes place at the De Veres Hotel in Bolton on Sunday 11th March 2012.
An exciting undercard features unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Matty Clarkson and the debut of talented super middleweight and Joe Gallagher trained Hosea Burton.
Doors open at 2pm with the action commencing at 3pm
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