Sunday 17 December 2017

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Barnes: I'd go pro if I got right offer


Two-time Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes would turn pro in the morning if the right offer came along.

But as of now the 2010 European Elite champion and 2013 European Elite silver medallist has his eye on retaining the Irish light-fly belt.

The Belfast fighter lost out in his bid to win a medal at the AIBA World Elite Championships in Kazakhstan in October and pulled out of the 2013 Irish Elite Championships because of 'flu as Kildare's Hugh Myers won the light-fly title.

"I would love to turn professional if the right offer came along, but right now I'm looking at the Seniors in February and March.

"I'm 100pc confident that I will win at the Seniors but if the right offer to turn professional was there I would take it, definitely."

Anthony Fitzgerald's bid for a career-best win ended on a points reversal to ex-WBO world champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam in Barcelona on Saturday night.

The Cameroon-born middleweight dropped the Dubliner in the fourth round with a thudding body shot. Fitzgerald beat the count, but there was no denying N'Jikam, who earned a unanimous decision.

N'Jikam beat Limerick southpaw Andy Lee, who defeated Fitzgerald last February, on a countback at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. But Cork's Gary Hyde, who manages the African orthodox, wouldn't be drawn on the prospect of a rematch between the ex-Olympians.

"There are some very attractive fights out there for Hassan. He won tonight but I have to give credit to Anthony Fitzgerald for a gallant performance," he said.

An old friend haunted Glenanne as they lost 6-2 to Pembroke Wanderers at Serpentine Avenue. Without 'keeper Mark Ingram due to injury, Pembroke persuaded Ian Clarke to come out of retirement.

The 39-year-old was a regular with the Glens up to six years ago when he stood down after the Tallaght club won the Irish Senior Cup. He pulled off a series of stirring saves in the third quarter while the fixture was still in the balance.

The result kept Pembroke in top-four contention in Leinster while Glenanne go into the winter break off the pace in sixth.

C&S UCC Demons emerged victorious in the clash of Men's Premier League leaders as they beat Killester in Dublin 77-72.

Demons were led by a superb performance from Kyle Hosford, who finished the game with 23 points and connected on several crucial three-pointers.

Templeogue claimed their first Premier League victory with a 91-80 win over last year's title winners UL Eagles.

"We really believe in our young players and this win will hopefully give them the confidence needed to go on and get more," said Templeogue coach Mick Thompson.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, there were wins for DCU Saints and UCD Marian, who bested SSE Renewables Moycullen and Belfast Star respectively.

In the Women's Premier League, Liffey Celtics came within five points of causing a major upset against UL Huskies, while it was a superb weekend for Team Montenotte Hotel with wins over WIT Wildcats and Singleton SuperValu Brunell.

Irish Independent

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