Saturday 20 December 2014

Gold for Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan in Commonwealth Games

Published 02/08/2014 | 15:54

Paddy Barnes is announced as the winner in the Men's Light Fly (49kg) Final
Paddy Barnes is announced as the winner in the Men's Light Fly (49kg) Final

Irishman Paddy Barnes retained his Commonwealth Games light-flyweight title by outpointing India's Devendro Laishram in the Hydro in Glasgow.

Barnes produced a controlled performance from the start to claim a clear points win and add to the title he won in Delhi four years ago.

Barnes said: "That was the hardest fight of my life. I didn't really box my best because he was non-stop. But I was too strong for him.

"I remember fighting in China in front of 13,000 Chinese guys who wanted the head punched off me, but I'll tell you what that was unbelievable out there.

"The Scottish fans were great. I love fighting in places like this."

Asked about rumours he may be about to turn professional, Barnes said: "When ever some promoter pays my mortgage off."

Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan celebrates his victory in the Men's Bantam (56kg) Final Bout at the SSE Hydro, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 2, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Boxing. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.
Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan celebrates his victory in the Men's Bantam (56kg) Final Bout at the SSE Hydro, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 2, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Boxing. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

Barnes' team-mate Michael Conlan made it two gold medals for Ireland when he outpointed England's Qais Ashfaq in an entertaining bantamweight brawl.

Ashfaq made a strong start and won the first round on two of the three judges' cards but Conlan used his experience and well-picked shots to claw back into the bout.

Conlan had edged through to the final on a technical decision after his fight against Welshman Sean McGoldrick was stopped in the second round due to cuts.

But the inch-long gash just above Conlan's left eye did not reopen despite the come-forward nature of the contest, and the Northern Irishman made sure of his place on top of the podium.

Meanwhile, Nicola Adams repelled the brave challenge of Belfast flyweight Michaela Walsh to claim Commonwealth Games boxing gold in Glasgow.

The 31-year-old Olympic champion was simply too classy for Walsh, who will go home with a richly deserved silver medal after a promising week of performances.

But remarkably the three ringside judges did not quite see the fight the same way with one scoring in favour of Walsh as Adams triumphed only via split decision.

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