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Heroics can yield greater success ahead: Paddy Barnes

By Steven Beacom

Paddy Barnes believes the medal winning heroics of the Northern Ireland boxing team at the Commonwealth Games can inspire young local fighters in the future.

Barnes and his best pal Michael Conlan struck gold in Glasgow with our kings and queens of the ring arriving home yesterday with NINE out of the 12 medals won by Team NI overall.

It was a stunning achievement and Barnes, who also won a Commonwealth title in Delhi four years ago, believes the sport can provide further success.

"We're on a high and we can build on this. Young boxers can see what our team has achieved and hopefully it can lift them to do the same," said Belfast man Barnes.

"The reason we're doing so well is that we've got world-class coaches and we fear nobody.

"Going forward we have some great boxers. There are some who weren't on our team who could have won Commonwealth medals too."

While amateur boxing here has plenty to celebrate, the professional game in Northern Ireland is also on the crest of a wave with Carl Frampton fighting for a world title next month.

Barnes added: "Now we want to see Carl become the world champion."

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