Paddy Barnes takes gold in Glasgow

Published Saturday, 02 August 2014
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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.

Paddy Barnes takes gold in Glasgow
Paddy Barnes with his gold at the medals ceremony. (© Getty)

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.

Barnes' 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."

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Spade a Spade in N. Ireland wrote (174 days ago):
Well Done guys, fabulous achievement and reflective of all your hard work and commitment! Imagine if ALL our Politicians would fight as hard for lasting peace instead of throwing the towel in and walking out of meetings? Lets dream on I guess :-)
WALTER in EAST BELFAST. wrote (176 days ago):
Ryan in An Dun wrote (176 days ago):
Well done Paddy and Michael. Did us proud.
James in Belfast, Ireland wrote (176 days ago):
Well done, you did Ireland proud again.
Hilary in Derry wrote (176 days ago):
Well done Paddy, wee Oscar will be smiling down on you, he would be so proud xxx
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