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Boxer Paddy Barnes has eyes on Olympic ring


Boxer Paddy Barnes

Boxer Paddy Barnes

Boxer Paddy Barnes

Paddy Barnes has placed himself in a very strong position for Olympic qualification after chalking up his third consecutive victory in the World Series of Boxing.

The double Olympic bronze medallist is aiming to make it to his third Olympics in Rio and should he finish top of the light-flyweight rankings in the WSB then the Belfast man would be guaranteed a place.

Barnes, competing for Italia Thunder along with close pal Michael Conlan, dominated his contest in Poland, winning 50-45, 50-43, 50-45 over Sebastien Jagodzinski, while Conlan picked up his second WSB victory when he defeated Grzergoz Kozlowski 50-45 on all the judges cards.

John Conlan, Michael's father, and Irish head coach Billy Walsh were working the corner of both men in the Italia Thunder's win over the Hussars.

"Paddy and Michael were top class, outstanding, said Walsh. "They won every round and it could even have been by higher scoring. We've still got three or four fights to go and we have to keep winning and keep the pressure on the rest, but for tonight we're absolutely delighted with the performances."

Dungiven's Eamonn O' Kane chalked up a first victory under new coach Paddy Fitzpatrick in emphatic fashion in Swindon at the weekend when he stopped Hungarian Ferenc Hafner in the fourth round with a furious assault.

It was essentially a step down in class for the IBF inter-continental middleweight champion who will now turn his attention to higher honours as O'Kane is currently ranked eight in the International Boxing Federation rankings.

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