Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 February 2015

Paddy Barnes needs just one win to make history

Paddy Barnes is now just one win away from creating Olympic history and the Belfast boxer is feeling good about his chances.

Light flyweight Barnes was too strong for Thomas Essomba from Cameroon in the last 16, winning 15-10 with a bit to spare on Saturday.

He should beat Indian Devendro Laishram in tomorow's quarter-final which would guarantee Barnes at least a bronze and make him the first Irish boxer to win medals at successive Games, having taken home bronze from Beijing four years ago.

“I'm feeling strong. It's great to get that first fight out of the way and look forward to the challenges ahead. I'm ready to take on anyone,” said Barnes.

The 25-year-old has been busy alongside fellow Belfast boxer Michael Conlan taking pictures of famous sporting stars in the Olympic village, earning them thousands of new Twitter followers.

Barnes couldn't resist sending a tweet from inside the ring after his win over Essomba. It read: “Job done from the Olympic ring. Paddy Barnes — bringing you closer to the action.”

Flyweight Conlan also needs to win more fight to secure a medal. The 20-year-old faces a tricky test against Frenchman Nordine Oubaali in the quarter-finals tonight.

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