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Paddy Barnes set for second professional fight in February

Paddy Barnes will have his second fight as a professional on 18 February at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

His opponent has not yet been named. Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Jamie Conlan tops the bill.

In November last year Bulgarian Stefan Slavchev did his best to spoil Barnes' professional debut.

The 29-year-old boxer was handed victory when Slavchev was disqualified by referee Hugh Russell jnr for hoisting the Belfast man over his shoulders in the fourth round of their flyweight clash.

Double Olympic bronze medallist Barnes admitted that he was left "frustrated" with the antics of Slavchev who persistently held and on two occasions pushed Barnes to the canvas.

"Obviously everybody knows what journeymen do, they come to survive but I couldn't even make a fight out of it. It was frustrating," said Barnes.

"I could've slowed down a bit and maybe I'd have caught him but I just wanted to fight."

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