Barnes to box for bronze

Published Wednesday, 08 August 2012
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Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes is hoping to secure a bronze medal on Wednesday, but his home coach said the fighter is going for gold.

Barnes to box for bronze
Paddy Barnes in red, during his win over Cameroon''s Thomas Essomba. (© PA)

Barnes will face India's Devendro Laishram in the light-flyweight quarter-finals, after beating Cameroon's Thomas Essomba 15-10 on Saturday.

Afterwards, he said, "Nobody's going to remember you for how well you box, they're always going to remember you for winning the Olympics."

Holy Family coach Gerry Storey said Barnes can only get better.

"Paddy never put a foot wrong in that contest. His timing was brilliant."

And although a victory at Wednesday night's fight would guarantee a bronze medal for Paddy, Storey said the 25-year-old, who previously won bronze at the Beijing games four years ago, will not be content with that.

"He's a winner and he wants to be a winner, and that's the right attitude because he doesn't respect anybody that he goes in against.

"He will not be respecting world champions, silver medallists - you name it, it'll be Paddy Barnes in and he will be going for gold," Storey told UTV.

Meanwhile, Katie Taylor is also on course for a bronze medal at the London 2012 Games.

The 26-year-old Bray fighter faces Mayzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan in the Lightweight semi-final on Wednesday afternoon.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
james in bangoe wrote (720 days ago):
good luck to paddy and all of our sports people, all of northern ireland should get behind them.
Elaine in Belfast wrote (720 days ago):
Paddy, you have done your family, you club and your country proud!!! COME ON PADDY & COME ON IRELAND. Whoop Whoop!! Bring the luck of the Irish to the ring tonite. GOOD LUCK!!!!
liam in belfast wrote (720 days ago):
Brilliant Paddy!! well done, now go for gold!
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