Paddy Barnes wants title “as soon as possible” after coasting to Belfast win

All-action Paddy Barnes [2(0)-0] had to battle with his desire to go gung’ho on Friday night.

The Irish boxing legend made it two wins from two, defeating Adrian Dimas Garzon at the Waterfront Hall.

However, despite widely outpointing a recent foe of World title hopeful and Friday’s bill topper Jamie Conlan over six rounds, Barnes claims he did have some form of battle in the ring.

The two time Olympic medal winner noted that he had to restrain himself to make sure he managed to bank six rounds.

Barnes claims ‘the hardest’ thing about his fight Friday was stepping off the gas and coasting.

“I felt good [doing the six rounds]. After the second round I started to throw too much and Danny [Vaughan, coach] said slow it down and coast around. They wanted me to try and get the six rounds in.”

“It was hard for me to slow myself down, but I done it. I think there were three times I stepped off, where if I stayed in the pocket I think he would have packed up,” Barnes explained.

The Belfast man doesn’t want to be hanging around or carrying fighters rounds for much longer, and is hoping to progress toward some form of title over the coming months.

“He [Garzon] was a step up, but those are the fights I want. I want a title as soon as possible. I was in there against a journeyman and I coasted.”

“I didn’t apply any pressure or plant my feet to hurt him. I hope to be out in the April or end of May, possibly here [Belfast].”

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


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