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Paddy Barnes is still to weigh up future options after Mujica defeat


Bad break: Paddy Barnes shows the effects of getting caught by Oscar Mojica in New York
Bad break: Paddy Barnes shows the effects of getting caught by Oscar Mojica in New York
Luke Wilton
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Paddy Barnes may yet box on, despite his emotional post-fight assertion that he would retire following defeat in Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

Barnes (31) suffered a broken nose on the way to a points defeat at the hands of American bantamweight Oscar Mojica, having hit the floor due to a body shot.

The Belfast man, whose close friend Carl Frampton was ringside on Sunday night, stated: "I think I'll probably retire now... I don't see the point of boxing on."

But dad Paddy Snr, who was also at ringside in the Big Apple, believes his son will take some time to weigh up his future.

The two men spent five hours in New York's Bellevue hospital as the former world title challenger was checked over following the bloody battle with Mojica, who simply looked far too big. As a natural flyweight, it seemed very strange that Barnes was matched with Mojica.

Now the two-time Olympic bronze medallist must consider if he can regroup and pursue further honours or call it a day.

Dad Paddy said: "Patrick is as honest as the day is long and in the moment that's how he felt, he didn't want to box again but we had a chat on our way back from the hospital and I believe now he will have a good think about everything and weigh up what he does next.

"He may yet decide to call it a day and if he does I'll support him because this is a tough business.

"But he hasn't made a final decision yet and he needs to take time to think about things in the cold light of day. He just needs time to heal mentally and physically.

"It's a bit like when Carl lost to Josh Warrington and said he felt right away that he was finished but then had a rethink. So, we'll see what he decides."

Considering Barnes insisted he felt "comfortable" in the ring with former world champion Cristofer Rosales until a perfect right hand to the body took every ounce of resistance away at Windsor Park last summer, it would come as no surprise if he returned to the ring later in the year.

One man who has decided to hang up his gloves is fellow Belfast man Luke Wilton.

Wilton was stopped in four rounds by Tommy Frank in their vacant Commonwealth super-flyweight title fight on Friday night in Sheffield and now feels the time has come to leave the ring behind.

"I've boxed for the British, the WBC International and the Commonwealth title twice. I've never been overpowered or beaten by such an opponent before," stated Wilton.

"Good luck to Tommy Frank, I hope he goes far, but that's the end for me.

"I thought I had a domestic title in me but wasn't good enough."

• An Ulster High Performance select enjoyed a superb 7-2 victory over an American select in New York.

Olympic hopefuls Kurt Walker and Brendan Irvine both had fine victories over Anthony Fuentes and Geraldo Vasquez respectively.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Carly McNaul sparkled with a stunning upset win over double world bronze medallist Christina Cruz.

McNaul temporarily stepped up from flyweight to bantam for the night and shocked Cruz with her high intensity, roaring to a split decision victory.

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