Turning pro 'the dream' - Barnes

Published Monday, 04 August 2014
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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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Franco in Belfast wrote (74 days ago):
If what the guy Rod says about P Barnes earning that sort of money in what he is doing now then to be honest I must agree with him and say stay as you are and go to Rio and make history, but you are your own man and I'm sure you've got good advisers, so you'll make the right decision I'm sure, whatever you do the best of luck to you and your family c'mon noren ireland or ireland what ever turns you on.
Rod in Bfast wrote (74 days ago):
Paddy says he wants to turn pro if the moneys right! Ive heard he gets a reported 50 to 70 grand year as it is. In his weight class and fighting on the back foot style, i dont think he would get a offer anywhere near what hes on. My advice would be stick where your at, head to Rio and make hostory by bringing a medal home from three seperate olympics. What ever you do Paddy, i wish you all the best. Ps what i said on last text still stands about your lack of crowd apeal, but your a worker so go and make N Irish, Irish history at Rio.
Franco in Belfast wrote (74 days ago):
@ to Rod, I disagree the wee man is all action, never stops throwing punches, he does have a problem with his moaning but that can be stopped by a good manager, if he went into the Frampton stable he would do well, I believe he could get a good fan base if he did well and won a few early fights , Rod is right about the boxing style but he has to remember Frampton is a world class boxer sadly Paddy isn't but he would win a European championship at his weight and make a good living, go wee man we all love you no matter where we live.
Rod in Bfast wrote (74 days ago):
People come to see carl fampton because he boxes mainly on the front foot and can knock anyone out at any time, also he boxes in a good weight class and has built a really good fan base. Sadly for paddy, he lacks.personality and would find it hard to sell ticket. Also i think he would be a promoters nightmare as he,s always moaning or going on about things that are outside the boxing ring. Good wee fighter but lacks appeal.
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