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Paddy Barnes aiming to step it up after triumph

By David Kelly

Paddy Barnes is aiming to take a major step up in class after chalking up a second straight professional win at the Waterfront Hall.

Barnes was always too smart for gutsy Adrian Garzon of Argentina, taking a 60-54 victory on the card of referee Hugh Russell jnr.

The Belfast man, who is calling himself 'The Leprechaun', clearly enjoyed the six rounds on the back of his debut in November which ended with his poor opponent being disqualified.

This was just what the triple Olympian needed as he seeks to move up the flyweight rankings.

"I want to move on quickly and hopefully get a title fight in my next fight," said a content Barnes.

The 29-year-old former European amateur gold medallist was tagged early on by a left hook but from that moment onwards he took command.

In the second round Barnes smartly gave himself a little more distance and stepped in with solid body shots before skipping away to re-set and then rap the Argentinian with his overhand right.

Barnes continued to catch the eye with his fine variety of punches which cannoned off Garzon's head and body.

Credit to the Argentinian as he soaked up the punishment and fired back - even allowing himself time to smile back at the Belfast man, calling him on.

Barnes was not going to be suckered into any silly blows and instead used the ring to create the angles from which he slammed home his solid right hands to the head and left hooks to the body.

Garzon never looked like being stopped but at the same time he could not offer any real threat to Barnes, who controlled the action to the final bell.

Now Barnes will be hoping for at least a 10-rounder in his next fight.

"I would love to fight a guy called Edgar Sosa, who is a former World champion," said Barnes.

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