Belfast boxers miss out on medals

Published Wednesday, 23 October 2013
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There was disappointment for three Belfast boxers at the World Amateur Championships in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Belfast boxers miss out on medals
Barnes and Conlan won bronze at last year's London Olympics. (© Pacemaker)

Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan and Tommy McCarthy all failed to secure medals after quarter-final defeats.

Barnes lost to Jasurbek Latipov, while Conlan went down to Vladimir Nikitin on all three scorecards and heavyweight McCarthy was beaten by Argentina's Yamil Peralta.

Conlan, who moved up to bantamweight from flyweight for the tournament, vowed to bounce back.

"It wasn't a great performance but it was my first step up into the weight against probably the strongest boxer in the weight so I'm happy enough," he said.

"In a year's time I'll probably be a different man. I was hurting him with shots, I just didn't get the result.

Barnes tweeted: "That's it all over! Was out on my feet in the first round and didn't recover, blurred vision for three rounds with head clashes."

He added: "Fighting with no headgear is good, but to fight six times in ten days without it is impossible."

Jason Quigley of Donegal won his bout though to secure at least a bronze medal.

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5 Comments
Aidy in chains wrote (331 days ago):
I have to agree with magowan,representing N.I at the commonwealth games does seem silly.A games for countries enslaved by England? Well seeing that each year more and more teams are withdrawing from this "Her majesties minions games".
Jim in Ireland wrote (331 days ago):
@ s magowan There is no ROI team at the Olympics its just Ireland representing our whole island of Ireland.
s magowan in belfast wrote (332 days ago):
How come that boxers who represent the ROI at the Olympics and other major tournaments can represent NI at the Commonwealth Games.Seems Silly
Davy in Belfast wrote (332 days ago):
Paddy barnes has always something to say. Stop making excuses!!! Davy - Belfast
Joe in Co Down wrote (333 days ago):
Hard luck to our Irish boxers
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