Paddy Barnes takes gold in Glasgow

Paddy Barnes takes gold in Glasgow

Paddy Barnes became the first Northern Irish boxer to successfully defend a Commonwealth title when he defeated India's Devendro Laishram Singh over three rounds in Glasgow.

Barnes added to his two Olympic bronze medals and European gold and silver with a comprehensive victory in the light fly division.The two fighters traded blows in the first round in the highly charged atmosphere with the Belfast man taking the judges' decision 10-9.In round two, Barnes upped his pace as the Indian fighter visibly began to tire.Round three was all Barnes, who strung a series of combinations together to leave the judges with an easy task.Ah jaysus thank god that's over! Tough fight against a tough Indian! Champion once again! #Glasgow2014#2014boxing— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) August 2, 2014Barnes' medal is the first gold of the games for Northern Ireland."That was the hardest fight of my life. I didn't really box my best because he was non-stop. But I was too strong for him," the west Belfast man said."I remember fighting in China in front of 13,000 Chinese guys who wanted the head punched off me, but I'll tell you what that was unbelievable out there."The Scottish fans were great. I love fighting in places like this."Asked about rumours he may be about to turn professional, Barnes said: "When ever some promoter pays my mortgage off."Trying to warm up and @AmirKingKhan keeps pestering me for a pic!— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) August 2, 2014


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