Barnes bags gold
Published 13/10/2010 | 11:53
Belfast's Paddy Barnes gave Northern Ireland their first Commonwealth Games boxing gold medal since 1994 in Delhi today with an 8-4 points victory over Namibia's Jafet Uutoni.
Barnes, the Olympic bronze medallist and reigning European champion, fell behind in a tight opener but flung back a right hand to level and stabbed out two more straight rights to hold a 3-1 lead after round one.
Forced to press forward, the rangy Namibian could find no way through Barnes' tight defence and the Northern Irishman extended his lead with a clever right over the top before Uutoni dragged back the deficit to 4-2.
Uutoni then got through with a looping right towards the end of the round but nerveless Barnes went into the last with a 5-3 lead and calmly repelled most of Uutoni's advances to ease away to victory.