Paddy Barnes has pledged to go back to the flyweight branch after deciding to continue his professional career.
The twotime Olympic medallist hinted he’d retire after his latest bantamweight decrease to Oscar Mojica.
The split-decision win for Mojica in Madison Square Garden was Barnes’ second successive defeat since turning professional in 20-16.
“I was retiring then struggle. I really was considering retirement,” confessed Barnes.
“I’ve tried to fast-track myself. I have only had seven conflicts and my list consists of five (wins) and two (declines ). I have not fought journeymen.
“Going forward I need to rein it in a bit and give myself a six-fight plan and not be the fastest world champion, and just do as best as I could.”
In the immediate aftermath of his defeat by Mojica, the 31-year-old told reporters:”I will probably retire today. I don’t believe there’s a point boxing on after a beat similar to that.
“The fans were so great but at the end of the day I have to take care of my health. If I am going to stay just like that, then what’s the point boxing anymore? I cannot contest for a domain name with that performance.”
But a week or two of reflection has given Barnes a fresh perspective on his first fight in the bantamweight division and the Belfast boxer is resolved to reconstruct his standing and work at challenging for a world title once again.
“I have had time to think about what happened (against Mojica),” Barnes added.
“I took that struggle because of the point that it was on, I chose the struggle at bantamweight and he was much bigger and stronger than me personally. I want to struggle (but) going forward I will be fighting flyweight.
In my third struggle I fought for that European (title), fifth the intercontinental. No one does that.
“When its going to take place it’s going to likely be a bit longer but the passion remains there. Even in my very last struggle fighting against a guy substantially bigger and stronger than me.”