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Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes through to Commonwealth quarter-finals after strong win in Glasgow

Barnes lands TKO over Furahisha

By John Mulgrew

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes is through to the Commonwealth quarter-finals after a strong win over Hamadi Furahisha in Glasgow.

Barnes defeated his opponent from Tanzania after a technical knock-out in the third round of the light-flyweight fight.

The defending gold medalist, and double Olympic bronze medalist, took the first round comfortably, before overwhelming his opponent in the second.

The referee called a halt to the bout with just under a minute left on the clock in the third round.

His win comes after his fellow Belfast Olympic boxing champ, Michael Conlan, defeated Shiva Thapa from India on a unanimous decision.

He's now the sixth boxer from Northern Ireland to reach the last eight.

Shortly after his win in Glasgow he tweeted: "That's the second one out of the way against world no.3 ranked boxer, happy with the win even tho it was scrappy!"

On Monday afternoon, Conlan finished ahead on all three judges' scorecards in the 56kg contest.

Opening up the entire boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games last week, the Olympic bronze medalist started his campaign for gold with a unanimous points victory over Nauru teen Matthew Martin in the bantamweight division.

The fight was not without its drama as Conlan suffered a cut to the head in the third and final round which led to blood streaming down his face.

After a quick patch up and check from officials to ensure the cut wasn't serious, Conlan finished the job.

In the last bout of the afternoon session, Northern Ireland middleweight Connor Coyle beat Dennis Thomas of Guyana on a unanimous points decision to progress into the last eight where he will face Siphiwe Lusizi of South Africa.

However Coyle was not happy with his lacklustre performance in the second round.

He said: "I fell asleep in the second round and I knew I had to pick it up in the last round.

"You get those days when you fall asleep and you have to give yourself a kick and pick it up.

"I had to dig deep and push on but I enjoyed it."

Meanwhile, Scottish light-flyweight medal hope Aqeel Ahmed gave himself the perfect birthday present with victory over Alumasa Matayo Keya in their clash at Glasgow's SECC but was left unable to enjoy a slice of birthday cake.

The unanimous points win over the Kenyan on the day he turned 22 left the Motherwell boxer.

Further reading

Commonwealth Games: Michaela leads the way in Games' first women's bout

Bloodied Michael Conlan proves that he's a cut above the rest at Commonwealth Games

Conlan wants only one colour medal


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