Sunday 19 November 2017

Barnes bags gold

Paddy Barnes
Paddy Barnes

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.

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