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Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes wins professional debut after rival Stefan Slachev is disqualified for lifting him

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes has won his professional debut fight against Bulgarian Stefan Slachev, but expressed disappointment at how the win came about.

The double Olympic bronze medallist won the clash in unusual circumstances after Slavchev was disqualified for lifting him off his feet.

Flyweight Barnes had been ahead of his rival prior to the incident.

The referee stopped the contest at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the fourth round after the outclassed Slavchev lifted the Belfast man off his feet.

Barnes has expressed disappointment over what he termed a "terrible debut" on Saturday night "against a clown", but praised the support he received at the Belfast venue as "amazing".

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest
PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV
action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/11/2016 6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest PADDY BARNES V STEFAN SLAVCHEV action from this evenings fight at Titanic Belfast.Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Paddy Barnes defeats Stefan Slachev after he was disqualified during Saturday nights Flyweight Contest at the Titanic exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Paddy Barnes defeats Stefan Slachev after he was disqualified during Saturday nights Flyweight Contest at the Titanic exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Paddy Barnes defeats Stefan Slachev after he was disqualified during Saturday nights Flyweight Contest at the Titanic exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Paddy Barnes defeats Stefan Slachev after he was disqualified during Saturday nights Flyweight Contest at the Titanic exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Paddy Barnes with Stefan Slachev during Saturday nights Flyweight Contest at the Titanic exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Paddy Barnes with Stefan Slachev during Saturday nights Flyweight Contest at the Titanic exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Paddy Barnes with Stefan Slachev during Saturday nights Flyweight Contest at the Titanic exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photo William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 05th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Paddy Barnes with Stefan Slachev during Saturday nights Flyweight Contest at the Titanic exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

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