Barnes is sure of a medal in Moscow
Paddy Barnes has added at least a bronze medal at the European Championships to his Olympic bronze.
The Belfast man was a class above England’s Thomas Stubbs, winning 8-1 in their light-flyweight quarter-final at the European Championships in Moscow yesterday.
Barnes was quickly followed into the semi-finals by Eric Donovan, who also secured at least a bronze when he defeated Hungarian Miklas Vargas 10-4.
Barnes controlled the fight from the opening bell, blocking the assaults of Stubbs and then making him pay.
Going into the second round 3-0 ahead, Barnes controlled the second round and while Stubbs tried to force the action in the third, the Belfast man matched fire with fire and victory was never in doubt.
Donovan sealed his semi-final spot with an impressive display, catching his Hungarian opponent with a series of impressive straight left hands.
The St Michael's Athy boxer went into the lead with two such shots in the second half of the first round and despite taking a standing count when caught by a right uppercut in the closing stages, he finished the round 4-1 ahead.
A fine left in the final round emphasised his superiority and though Vargas landed three more shots to stay in the contest, the Irishman took the verdict comfortably in the end.
There was disappointment for World bronze medallist John Joe Nevin as he exited. Nevin was outclassed as he lost 7-1 to impressive Englishman Gamal Yafai.