Bullish Barnes vows to reclaim Elite title from Myers in re-match
PADDY BARNES has vowed to take away Hughie Myers' title when they meet in a re-match of their 2012 Elite Championships final at the National Stadium.
The rivals both won their light-flyweight semi-finals last night and will face-off in the decider for a second time in two years next Friday.
Myers, who was beaten (21-17) by Barnes in the 2012 final, claimed the 49kg crown last year after Barnes withdrew with illness. He beat Thomas Waites of Cairn Lodge BC in Belfast last night.
Myers is confident of beating Barnes, saying: "Two years ago it was a different scoring system and a different fight, it's 10-point must scoring now. I'll be going in there to win, give it my best shot."
Barnes beat Derry southpaw Blaine Dobbins, who took a standing count off a flashing right from the two-time Olympic bronze medallist in the third.
"The last time I underestimated Hughie Myers and went in there to try and blow him away. He fights well and hits and moves, so that's his main weapon," said Barnes.
"Now I know how to fight him. I've sparred him countless times and know what he does. He's good at what he does, but I'm just going to go out there and take it away from him. I was a bit rusty but the sparring I've had with Katie Taylor and the lads in my club has been great and I think that's taken a bit of the rust away."
Michael Conlan, Lynn McEnery, Adam Courtney, Tyrone McCullagh, Sean McComb and David Oliver Joyce also won last night.
Olympians Darren O'Neill and Adam Nolan will be in action tonight, but Joe Ward has received a bye into the light-heavy final after Sean McGlinchey pulled out with flu.
Ward's coach Eddie Bolger said the 2011 European Elite champion would have preferred three rounds to a walkover.
Twelve semi-finals will be decided tonight. The men's finals will be held next Friday night and will be broadcast live on TG4. The women's finals will be decided next Saturday evening.
Former European Elite and World Youth champion Ray Moylette crashed out on a split decision to fired-up Portlaoise BC light-welter Michael Nevin last night.