Swansea’s European and new IBF Inter-continental Flyweight champion Jay Harris (17-0, 9 KOs) produced a scintillating display to stop former World title challenger Paddy Barnes (6-3, 1 KO) in the fourth round at the Ulster hall in Belfast on Friday night.
Harris, 29 was at his chilling best, answering every question put forth from the brave challenge of Barnes. Harris looked huge in comparison to Barnes, walking down the challenger throughout, landing with jarring shots that rocked the head back of the Irishman with solid right hands.
Barnes, 32 bolstered by his hometown support, returned fire with an array of combinations in the hope that one would back up the oncoming away fighter, but it served only to further spur Harris on, obliging by finding a home for some solid body shots that dropped Barnes in the third and for the final time in the fourth as Barnes was left wincing, trying to suck up any remaining oxygen that had momentarily betrayed him.
In conclusion, it mirrored the fact that both men find themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum, Whist Harris can now look towards a world title shot, the inevitable calls for retirement have already began with Barnes’ fellow professionals voicing their opinion that he should now call it a day.
If you were unfortunate to have missed the fight on Friday night, Below is the footage from a great nights action from the Ulster Hall