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Twitter Reacts As Paddy Barnes Comes Through Torrid Test In Belfast

Moments after Paddy Barnes was declared a majority decision winner tonight at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, his friend and training partner Jamie Conlan said that the three-time Olympian had been given a real “welcome to the pros” by Silvio Olteanu.

“He’ll learn more from that fight than his first two fights and the training camps together,” added Conlan.

Speaking to Boxnation’s John Rawling from the apron of the ring moments later, Barnes himself concurred with Conlan’s sentiment, calling the fight an “invaluable experience”.

Indeed, while Olteanu came into the fight with an untidy 16-11-1 record having lost five of his previous seven, he had campaigned at a high-level in the past, even challenging for the WBA flyweight title in 2010, and was always likely to prove a tough test for the novice Belfast pro. And that’s exactly how it turned out.

Barnes seemed to struggle with the pace from quite early on in the ten round fight, as he was forced to work every single excruciating step of the way by the indefatigable 39-year-old Olteanu, whose fitness was nothing short of astounding. It wasn’t just the sheer pace or pressure that Barnes struggled to cope with though. Olteanu also found plenty of openings and tagged Barnes all too frequently. A right hand in the second sent Barnes stumbling across the ring in dramatic fashion and that punch worked a treat for the Romanian throughout the contest.

However, while Barnes was hit at a slightly alarming rate and didn’t seem to possess the power or strength to keep Olteanu off of him, there were many encouraging signs for his fans. He showed some lovely skills in little cameos and picked some beautiful shots at times. The Belfast native also showed real grit, courage and character throughout. Even when it was clear that he was thoroughly spent late on in the fight, the 30-year-old would dig deep and respond to every heavy shot that his opponent landed with a barrage of blurring blows. He showed a sturdy chin too, although Olteanu is not a noted puncher.

In the end, Barnes’ more cultured work was enough to earn him a majority decision win over the teak tough Olteanu and the WBO European flyweight title. The scores were 95-95, 97-94 and 97-93 in favour of the Irishman.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the fight…

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.