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Paddy Barnes has suffered a fourth-round stoppage loss to Jay Harris at Ulster Hall.
Welsh boxer Harris (17-0) dropped Barnes twice in the fight for the IBF Inter-Continental flyweight title, with the Belfast native unable to climb off the canvas after a crippling body shot in the fourth.
Barnes has now lost three of his last four professional fights, and will likely hang up his gloves following his latest defeat.
The 32-year-old former Olympian was in danger throughout the fight, and – despite starting well – looked unsteady at the end of the first following a big right hand from Harris.
Harris – who also holds the European flyweight title – targeted Barnes’ body throughout the bout with great success.
The 29-year-old Welshman dropped Barnes in the third round with a merciless left hook to the body.
Barnes beat the count, but looked increasingly vulnerable against Harris’ energy and power.
The Irish fighter did open a cut above Harris’ right eye, but the visitor took full control in the fourth.
Another big body shot followed by a second punch to the head sent Barnes to the canvas, and this time, the double-Olympic bronze medalist was unable to beat the count.
Barnes has now lost three of his last four fights, and it’s hard to see where the 32-year-old can go from here.
His record stands at 6-3, and the pro game has largely been unkind to him.
Harris’ stock, meanwhile, continues to rise.
On the undercard, highly-touted Irish prospect Paddy Donovan produced a stunning first round knockout on his professional debut.
It took 20-year-old Donovan – who is trained by Andy Lee – just 78 seconds to blast his way past Arturo Lopez.
Sean McComb also secured a 79-73 points decision over Emiliano Rodriguez.
McComb (9-0) suffered a cut in the opening round, and was dropped by a body shot in the fourth, but battled through to maintain his 100% record in the pro ranks.
Pierce O’Leary – making his pro debut – outclassed opponent Oscar Amador, sealing a comfortable points victory.
Terry Flanagan was awarded a win by disqualification after opponent Michael Ansah hit Flanagan numerous times on the break.
Northern Ireland boxer Seanie Duffy inflicted a 25th straight defeat on Edwin Tellez with a wide points decision.