Friday 22 September 2017

Boxing: Barnes rises above boredom

Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnes (red) in action against Scotland's Iain Butcher in the Light Fly 46-49kg during the Commonwealth Games. Photo: PA
Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnes (red) in action against Scotland's Iain Butcher in the Light Fly 46-49kg during the Commonwealth Games. Photo: PA

Paddy Barnes admits he finds boxing boring and Northern Ireland's light-flyweight favourite was far from excited over the start of his Commonwealth Games campaign in Delhi today.

Barnes, the Olympic bronze medallist who also won the European title in Moscow this year, was made to work hard to repel the game challenge of Scotland's 18-year-old Iain Butcher with a 4-2 scoreline.



Barnes said: "It was a tough fight and he made it hard for me but it was all about getting the fight fight out of my system. I need to improve if I'm going to take gold but that's what I'm aiming for."



Barnes has few boxing heroes and he seldom takes an interest in big fights, but admits he tries to model his style on modern boxing icons like Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera.



Barnes added: "I don't really watch boxing. I find it boring - it's all holding and grappling. If Pacquiao was fighting tonight maybe I'd switch on the television but that's about all.



"I only started boxing myself one day because I was bored, and here I am. I'm fighting the Australian next and I don't know a thing about him. I'm not really bothered. I just put pressure on myself to perform."

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