Irish professional boxer Paddy Barnes marked the journey in his pro debut career with a win but not in a way he expected.
The fight took place at the Titanic Exhibition Centre against Stefan Slavchev who himself had not been impressive in previous fights, losing 24 out of 33 throughout his career.
Barnes, who won bronze medals in both Beijing and London Olympics, started the bout in a remarkable manner and was leading at the end of the third round.
However, shortly after the commencement of the fourth round, much to everybody’s surprise, the Bulgarian counterpart lifted Barnes off his feet that gave the referee no other choice than conclude the fight immediately, disqualifying Slavchev in the process.
Hence by a unanimous decision, the 29-year-old was declared the winner in his first fight as a pro.
He now awaits a final eliminator for a shot at the world title.
Despite the victory, Barnes admitted that it was not the manner he expected to begin his pro career.
Fast forward to 16:50 to see the crazy moment.
The morning after the fight, he posted on his official Twitter, as reported by BBC Sport, saying: “Terrible debut last night, welcomed to the pros the hard way, easy win but couldn’t perform against a clown! Support was amazing!!!!”
Experts predicted that the three-time Olympian would ease past Slavchev but none anticipated such bizarre circumstances to take place in the venue.
Barnes has promised to show his best performances in the months ahead as he is of the opinion that his debut bout was not his premier display.
“It was hard to pin him down. I was trying too hard to impress. You didn’t see the best of me.”
Fans across the globe can be assured of an improved showing from the European amateur champion as he aims for more accolades in his pro career.
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