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'There's no shame in failing': Paddy Barnes considering boxing retirement after defeat to Jay Harris at Ulster Hall

Paddy Barnes
Paddy Barnes

Paddy Barnes is considering calling an end to his boxing career after suffering defeat to Jay Harris in the Ulster Hall.

The 32-year-old was stopped in the fourth round on Friday night after being floored by a body-shot for the second time.

It's the Belfast native's third defeat in his last four fights. He was first stopped by Cristofer Rosales at Windsor Park in summer 2018 with a similar crushing blow to the body.

Before Friday evening's fight, Barnes had admitted it was 'make-or-break' for his career and now it's that susceptibility to bout-ending body-shots that could lead to his retirement from the sport.

"There is no point in going on if you are got to lose at European level and if your body is failing you like this," he told the BBC's Thomas Kane.

"I can't take the body shots in the pro game so what's the point? I'm 32, I'm quite old in the pro game."

Barnes won two Olympic bronze medals, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and a European bronze during a hugely successful amateur career.

After turning professional in 2016, he won a European title in only his third fight and lost to Rosales in a WBC World Flyweight title fight in only his sixth outing.

"I've been fast-tracked," he said. "People look at my record and see six (wins) and three (defeats) but in those nine fights, I've fought for four titles. No-one has ever done that from here.

"I've been successful in the sense that I have done so much in such a short career.

"I don't regret anything. People say I got my world title shot too fast. I did. So what? I got it, I tried, I failed. There's no shame in failing."

On the undercard, Conrad Cummings bounced back from his loss to Luke Keeler with a 59-54 points win over Adam Grabiec.

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