Paddy Barnes scores good step-up win in Belfast

While his first fight was a bit of a damp squib, Paddy Barnes showed tonight some of his pro potential

The only one of the four ‘Belfast Boys’ to actually be fighting on the ‘Belfast Boys Are Back’ card at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Barnes defeated Adrian Dimas Garzon, putting on a dominant display.

An opponent who at least came to fight, Garzon did clip Barnes in the opener, but the Cliftonville man was always in control, sinking in some nice body shots

Barnes stepped up the pace in the second, and began to land with greater frequency.

The double Olympic bronze medalist showed some impressively long combinations, and his hooks to the body seemed to be having an effect in the third round.

Barnes wobbled the Argentine in the fourth, as his high pace looked like it was starting to tell.

The continued into the fifth but Garzon would hang on gamely.

The South American began the fifth brightly before Barnes took control, hurting him with a bodyshot and pressing until the final bell.

Going to the cards, Barnes was awarded a 60:54 win to move to 2(0)-0, while the game Garzon drops to 10(1)-22(9).

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

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