Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Paddy Barnes confident ahead of title fight against Hughie Myers

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Paddy Barnes works out at the SINI facility

Paddy Barnes has vowed to take away Hughie Myers' title when they meet in a rematch of their 2012 Elite Championships final at the National Stadium.

The rivals both won their light-flyweight semi-finals last night and will face-off in the decider for a second time in two years next Friday.

Myers, who was beaten (21-17) by Barnes in the 2012 final, claimed the 49kg crown last year after Barnes withdrew with illness. He beat Thomas Waites of Cairn Lodge last night.

Barnes beat Derry southpaw Blaine Dobbins, who took a standing count off a flashing right from the two-time Olympic bronze medallist in the third.

"The last time I underestimated Myers and went in there to try and blow him away," said Barnes.

"Now I know how to fight him. I've sparred him countless times and know what he does. He's good at what he does, but I'm just going to go out there and take it away from him. I was a bit rusty but the sparring I've had with Katie Taylor and the lads in my club has been great."

Michael Conlan, Lynn McEnery, Adam Courtney, Tyrone McCullagh, Sean McComb and David Oliver Joyce also won last night.

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