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Published 21/12/2013 | 02:30

Paddy Barnes celebrates victory in his last 16 bout at the World Championships in Almaty in October
Paddy Barnes celebrates victory in his last 16 bout at the World Championships in Almaty in October
Paddy Barnes trying to earn some sponsorship money
Brendan Rodgers

Paddy Barnes took to his favourite medium, Twitter, this week to deny stories he was turning professional. He didn't entirely rule the possibility out of hand, just sought to clarify that -- as of now -- no great change in his boxing status was imminent.

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The stories had arisen from an RTE interview in which Paddy articulated frustration at finding himself, a double Olympic medallist, routinely boxing in front of pitifully threadbare audiences.

His friend, Carl Frampton -- a professional -- sells out the Odyssey in Barnes' hometown of Belfast these days. But Paddy? Well, he took to speaking of himself in the third person, reflecting that Frampton now fought in front of 9,000-strong attendances and "Paddy Barnes in front of a hundred."

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