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Belfast’s Paddy Barnes becomes fourth Irish boxer to qualify for London 2012

PADDY Barnes, the Belfast light-flyweight, became the fourth Irish boxer to qualify for the London Olympics this afternoon after he sealed a place in the semi-finals of the Olympic qualifying tournament in Turkey.



PADDY Barnes, the Belfast light-flyweight, became the fourth Irish boxer to qualify for the London Olympics this afternoon after he sealed a place in the semi-finals of the Olympic qualifying tournament in Turkey.



He enjoyed a convincing victory over Romanian Stefan Caslarov in Trabazon.

Earlier Bray garda Adam Nolan maintained his hopes of a place at the Olympics with a 17-13 points’ win over Tamerian Abdullayez in the qualifying tournament in Trabzon, Turkey today.

Nolan produced an superb third round in his fight to earn a place in the semi-finals.

But he must win his next clash on Friday to secure one of the two places available at welterweight.

The Wexfordman kept his cool to win the third and last round, 5-2 and earn his place in the semis

He will face Romanian Gheorghe Ionut.

David Oliver Joyce’s was beaten 19-10 by Lithuania’s Evaldas Petrauskas earlier to put an end to his London 2010 dream.

Meanwhile, the controversy over Joe Ward's loss to Turkish light-heavyweight Bahran Muzaffer on Monday night continued yesterday.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association lodged a protest at the decision, but it was turned down and they were told that the result stands.

There has been speculation that Ward might get a wild card invitation to the Olympics through the Tripartite Commission. But Tripartite Commission invitations are usually only extended to developing boxing nations.

And Ireland would by no stretch of the imagination be considered a developing boxing nation.

The World Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) confirmed that there is one invitation place available for Europe in Ward's light-heavyweight class.

But the deadline for applications was January 16 and AIBA will not reveal who applied for these spots before the end of all qualifying events.