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WSB veteran Paddy Barnes believes he can be fast-tracked

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When Paddy Barnes makes his professional debut against a yet-to-be-confirmed opponent next Saturday it will, essentially, be his ninth contest in the pro format.

In 2014 and 2015 the Belfast man racked up eight fights in the World Series of Boxing, fighting over five rounds in a format which, barring some minor differences, is arguably more pro-styled than the four-rounders which most novice pros begin their careers with.

Therefore 29 year old Barnes feels that he will be able to be fast tracked following his six-round debut at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on November 5th, and promises that he will not be hanging around facing ambitionless journeymen.

Barnes told Boxnation that “In some ways it was a bit of a waste of four years [staying amateur for Rio 2016] but at least my participation in the WSB will have helped fast track me into the pro game.”

“All told, I had eight bouts, and won the last seven. That’s almost 40 rounds in pro conditions against some of the top boxers in the world.”

“The fights were over five three minute rounds without head guards or vests and they used the pro scoring system. The only difference was that they used 10oz gloves whereas they’ll be 8oz in the pros. I’ll not need much of an apprenticeship against the journeymen.”

“My goal is to be a multi-weight world champion. I’ll make it happen.”

“I’ll start at flyweight but gradually work up towards bantam.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie