BBC Sport - Paddy Barnes pro debut build-up hit by fiancee's illness
Barnes build-up hit by fiancee's illness
- From the section Boxing
Belfast fighter Paddy Barnes says preparing for his professional debut against Stefan Slachev is "extremely difficult" because of his fiancee's illness.
She has been in hospital for eight weeks with an infection and she gave birth to their second daughter last week.
However, the double Olympic bronze medallist still expects to easily overcome "journeyman" Slachev at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast on Saturday.