Turning pro 'the dream' - Barnes

Turning pro 'the dream' - Barnes

Commonwealth gold winning boxer Paddy Barnes has told UTV his dream is to turn professional, but he is determined to train to improve himself ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

The Belfast boxer returned home from Glasgow on Monday after successfully defending his Commonwealth gold medal won in the 2010 games in Delhi.Barnes added to his two Olympic bronze medals and European gold and silver with a comprehensive victory in the light fly division over India's Devendro Laishram Singh.Barnes told UTV - after a well-earned break - he would be setting his sights on qualifying for the Rio Olympics.However, the 27-year-old said his dream was to go professional.He said: "I'll be back in training and doing my best to improve myself as a boxer and 2015 the qualifiers open for the Olympics and I'll be aiming to be in Rio."It would be incredible to be Ireland's first three-time medal winner at the Olympics."But I'd love to go pro."Barnes, who is a close friend of fellow Belfast boxer Carl Frampton, added: "In Glasgow fighting in front of 13,000 people made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up."I've walked out with Carl in front of 16,000 and I think I was more excited than him."It's the atmosphere I love and it would be a dream to go professional."


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