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Bare-knuckle fighter Paddy Doherty beats Jedward to Big Brother punch

Traveller and former bare-knuckle fighter Paddy Doherty beat Jedward to the punch to win 'Celebrity Big Brother' last night.

To massive cheers, the 52-year-old star of TV's 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' punched the air and embraced runner-up Kerry Katona, former wife of Brian McFadden, on the set of the British Channel 5 show in Elstree Studios near London.

The pair saw off firm favourites Jedward, who left the house in third place after being voted the "most annoying" housemates.

Doherty broke down in tears as he emerged from the house to be greeted by his wife of 25 years.

He said the pair had never before spent more than four days apart and wiped tears from his eyes as they were reunited.

In an emotional interview following his exit, the father of five who also has 15 grandchildren said he had become a "father figure" to Katona.

But he was less enthusiastic about Jedward and said he had been "tortured" by the hyperactive twins.

"I wanted to pick them up, drown them, pick them up, throw them away," he said.

The proud winner, who lives in a caravan park in Manchester, said his time in the house had been a positive one, adding: "I'm just very grateful to all the public for voting for me."

Katona (31), a mother of four who has become known for her somewhat turbulent personal life, said her experience in the house had taught her she was a "strong, independent woman" who could "stand on my own two feet".

She told host Brian Dowling she had made some "solid friends" during the reality TV show, singling out Doherty as being "the main one" who would become a "friend forever".

However, the phenomenon that is Jedward is widely seen to have benefited from their time in the Big Brother House.

Throughout their 21-day stay, not one of their fellow housemates nominated them for eviction.

"We didn't get any nominations because I think all the housemates had unconditional love for myself and Edward," said John.

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