Paddy Barnes might have come to the end of his career

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Jay Harris too big and strong for gutsy Paddy Barnes. Johnny Stapleton reports from Belfast

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Belfast • October 11

JAY HARRIS may just have retired Irish fight icon Paddy Barnes. The Welsh fighter produced a brilliant display en route to stopping the popular 32-year-old in the Ulster Hall.

The
Swansea native was too big, too strong, and possibly too fresh for the double
Olympic bronze medal winner and came out on top of an quick-fire fire-fight as
a result. The clash was advertised as something of a short-cut to a second
world title shot for the former amateur standout (the 10-rounder was for the
vacant IBF Inter-Continental flyweight belt). However, what was an obvious
gamble would not pay off for Barnes.
The size
difference in Harris’s favour was apparent from the opening bell, and while
Barnes did start sharply he was buzzed near the end of the first round. The
template for the fight was set.

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