Paddy Barnes's opponent executed a move more commonly practised among acrobats or WWE wrestlers
Paddy Barnes marked his pro debut with a win in front of a home crowd last night but it wasn't earned in the most traditional manner.
In the fourth round of the bout, Bulgarian opponent Stefan Slavchev bizarrely lifted Barnes up in the air, prompting the referee to step in and stop the fight before immediately disqualifying Slavchev.
The double Olympic bronze medallist dominated the fight up to that point against Slavchev who had lost 24 of his his 33 previous bouts.
Commentators at the fight instantly called for disqualification after the incident:
"Rules is rules... well that was a wrestling move. You'd like it to end on a more meaningful moment than that. You can't lift somebody up."
Speaking after the fight, a bemused Barnes lamented the lost opportunity to impress the home fans in the Titanic Exhibition Centre and slammed his opponent for his unprofessional conduct.
"There's never a dull moment with me. Everyone knows what to expect from journeymen but even I wasn't expecting that. I wanted to impress the fans and show my skills."
"I thought he was slamming me to the ground, I was like 'why are you doing this?' It was just stupid like. A win's a win as you say but he's just a f***ing eejit. That's ruined my chances of trying to impress my mates, that a****hole from Bulgaria messing about."
"I wanna fight someone with a winning record, they would be the kind of fights where I can show my skills. Fighting him was like sparring a kid at the club so I didn't get much out of it."