PADDY BARNES is not convinced his nemesis Zou Shiming will make an impression in the professional game. Shiming, a national hero in China, has announced he is turning pro with USA-based Top Rank promotions.
Shiming (31) is considered by many to be the greatest amateur light-fly of all time. However, Barnes, the first Irish boxer to win two Olympic medals, stalked the Asian ace all the way to a 15-15 tie in London only to be edged out on a countback.
"I don't think he'll make an impression (in the pro ranks). He's 31 now and I don't think he'll change his style," said Barnes. "I don't think he'll like the pro style, but it's not going to make a difference because he's a big name in China and he'll make lots of money and that's what it's all about."
Centre Adam Verwjis was the two-try hero as St Columba's College beat Moyne CS 17-5 to move into the Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Cup (Section B) semi-final at Mullingar RFC.
They are one win away from qualifying for the Junior Cup proper and they just might be able to handle the step up with players like Verwjis and their other try-scorer Fred Morris.
This also doubled up as a Duff Cup (Section A) semi-final for which St Columba's have earned a match-up with another Fr Godfrey semi-finalist in St Patrick's Classical School.
The Navan nursery easily dealt with St Conleth's 28-0 at Ashbourne RFC where out-half Christian Byrne weighed in with a try and four conversions for 13 points.
Wesley's loosehead prop Andrew Egan supplied the try and fly-half Adam Curry the conversion to edge out High School 7-5 at Kirwan Park. The HS produced the try of the day from their own '22', sparked by fly-half Daniel Murphy and finished by their loose-head Lee Tucker.
India were still 80 short of victory but Raina, 41 at the time, finished unbeaten on 89 to seal the win in the 48th over.