Barnes and Conlan secure silver medals

Barnes and Conlan secure silver medals

Belfast boxing duo Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan have guaranteed themselves silver medals in their respective weights at the European Championships in Minsk.

Barnes secured his place in the light fly-weight final after a unanimous points decision over Azerbaijan's Salman Alizada.

The two-time Olympic bronze medallist did suffer a heavy nose bleed which required treatment, but still came out on top in each of the three rounds, with three scores of 30-27.

The final, to be held on Saturday, will feature Barnes against Russia's David Ayrapetyan.

Meanwhile, fellow Belfast man Michael Conlan defeated Russian Ovik Ogannisian on a split-points decision to set up a final against Welshman Andrew Selby on Saturday.

The Olympic bronze medallist dominated his opponent in the semi-final and looked at ease throughout, despite one judge giving the fight to the Russian.

Conlan was awarded the fight with the score 30-27, 28-29, 30-27.

Team Ireland are also in line for at least another silver medal courtesy of Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin, who won his bantam-weight clash with Russia's Wladimir Nikitin.

And middlewight Jason Quigley also won out over the Ukraine's Ievgen Khytrov.


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