NI Commonwealth boxers aiming for gold

NI Commonwealth boxers aiming for gold

Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games boxers have said they have gold in their sights and are determined the make the upcoming competition one of their best.

The 11-strong team are undergoing final preparations at their Jordanstown training camp ahead of the opening of the Games in Glasgow on 23 July.

At the last event in Dehli the team brought home three golds and two silver medals - its most successful Games ever - and this year's crop are determined to do even better.

Paddy Barnes is hoping to defend his gold from the last games.

He said: "The mood is brilliant, everyone is enjoying themselves, it's really an inexperienced team but there's some great lads coming though.

"They're young, they may not have the experience but they've got the talent, and that's good enough."

A new development in this year's Games is the introduction of women's boxing, with Michaela Walsh and Alanna Audley-Murphy representing Northern Ireland.

Walsh added: "We are training with the boys and we give as good as we get.

"Women's boxing is growing day by day, I believe we are right up there at the same level as the boys and hopefully we can take home a few medals at these games."


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