Mojica talks Barnes rematch and admits his upset at not stopping ‘The Leprechaun’


Paddy Barnes defeater Oscar Mojica says he is upset he didn’t stop the Belfast fighter in New York on St Patrick’s Day.

The Dallas native registered the best victory of his chequered career when he upset the two-time Olympic bronze medalist via split decision at the Theater it Madison Square Garden.

The brave, bloodiedm and brutally honest Barnes admitted after the fight he didn’t deserve a split and went as far as to suggest he lost by a wider margin than the scorecards suggested.

Mojica, who was visibly much bigger on the night, believes scorecards should never have come into it.

“More than anything I was happy I got the win. I am pretty hard on myself. I felt I could have got the knockout. In the first round I knew I broke his nose and in the second I dropped him with a body shot. Then in the fifth and sixth I let off the gas. I need to improve and that will help me get better fights in the future,” said Mojica when speaking to Boxingscene.

There was talk of an immediate rematch Stateside following the fight, but most in the know in Ireland suggested it unlikely pointing out it was shockingly poor matchmaking to put the brave and talented, but much smaller Barnes in with game Mojica over the precarious six-round distance – not to mention giving the away fighter plenty of time to prepare.

However, Mojica believes it still may happen – although it has to be noted Barnes has revealed he will drop down to light fly.

“I haven’t heard anything but I know its something he probably wants to do. Probably at 115. I am just riding the wave to see what I can do in the future,” Mojica explained before claiming the win should prove a springboard.

“The hardest thing for me is I am not promoted by anyone. I have to sit back and keep training and wait for calls to come through. I have fought for titles before but I know this fight means a little bit more beating an Olympian and the way I beat him. I should get some good opportunities. For now I am just waiting to see what is next.”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com