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I enjoyed Carl Frampton win more than my medals, says Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes

By David Kelly

Double Olympic bronze medalist Paddy Barnes was as proud as anyone among the 16,000 at Titanic Quarter when Carl Frampton was crowned the IBF World super-bantamweight champion.

Barnes screamed his support for his best friend and Godfather to his daughter as the Jackal outfought Spaniard Kiko Martinez over 12 pulsating rounds in their Titanic Showdown.

Indeed, such was the sense of occasion that it encouraged Barnes even more to turn professional.

Weighing up his friend's epic performance, Barnes – also a double Commonwealth Games gold medalist – said: "That was just incredible, an amazing night and an amazing performance.

"But I actually didn't think he boxed to his best, I know that he can box even better than that.

"I thought he would have done even more feinting – that's nothing to what I know Carl Frampton can do. For me he is up there with the greats after that.

"I was a bit nervous to be honest and I thought some guy was going to hit me because I was almost on his shoulders shouting for Carl.

"I really can't describe just how proud I am of Carl, I couldn't out it into words.

"Even my own wife said it was one of the best nights of her life and she didn't even mention my medals or anything that I had won.

"But to be honest I can't blame her because this is the pinnacle and for me it meant more than me winning my medals.

"I'd love to be part of that and I would go pro tomorrow with the right offer."

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