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Unstoppable: Paddy Barnes lands yet another punch on  Papua New Guinea's Charles Keama yesterday

Unstoppable: Paddy Barnes lands yet another punch on Papua New Guinea's Charles Keama yesterday

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Paddy Barnes believes other sports in Northern Ireland should learn from our kings – and queens – of the boxing ring. The Belfast man's comments came after a stunning day of success for the Team NI boxers at the Commonwealth Games.

All six of our fighters won their quarter-final bouts and, added to the three who did the same on Tuesday, Northern Ireland will bring an amazing NINE boxing medals home from Glasgow.

Yesterday Barnes, Michael Conlan, Steven Donnelly and Connor Coyle made it through to the semi-finals, joining male counterparts Joe Fitzpatrick, Sean Duffy and Sean McGlinchy at that stage.

That means SEVEN out of the nine-man team are guaranteed a medal and for the women it is two out of two with Michaela Walsh and Alana Audley-Murphy also qualifying for tomorrow's last-four contests.

Overall Team NI are now assured of at least 11 visits to the podium, which is one better than the figure achieved in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

It is an impressive statistic... and one that the brilliant boxers have made possible.

Barnes, who won gold in India four years ago, feels the success inside the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is down to self belief as much as ability and would like to see other sportsmen and sportswomen across Northern Ireland show the same mental strength.

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Light-flyweight Barnes, who stopped Papua New Guinea's Charles Keama in the final round after a scintillating display, said: "We are winning these medals because of self belief and our ability, but mostly it's the confidence that we have.

"We believe that we are the best and we are showing it.

"I think other sports in Northern Ireland could learn from us. You have other teams saying they are facing Australia and they are stronger, but that has to change some time and you have to have the self belief to make it change. The boxers have that self belief."

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England's Jodie Williams reacts after finishing second in the Women's 200m Final. Pic Martin Rickett/PA Wire

England's Jodie Williams reacts after finishing second in the Women's 200m Final. Pic Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  (L-R) Bronze medalist Bianca Williams of England and silver medalist Jodie Williams of England celebrate after the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: (L-R) Bronze medalist Bianca Williams of England and silver medalist Jodie Williams of England celebrate after the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  (L-R) Silver medalist Jack Laugher of England, gold medalist Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia and bronze medalist Oliver Dingley of England pose during the medal ceremony for the Men's 3m Springboard at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: (L-R) Silver medalist Jack Laugher of England, gold medalist Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia and bronze medalist Oliver Dingley of England pose during the medal ceremony for the Men's 3m Springboard at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  (L-R) Silver medalist Jack Laugher of England, gold medalist Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia and bronze medalist Oliver Dingley of England pose during the medal ceremony for the Men's 3m Springboard at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: (L-R) Silver medalist Jack Laugher of England, gold medalist Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia and bronze medalist Oliver Dingley of England pose during the medal ceremony for the Men's 3m Springboard at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Gold medallist Scott Morgan (L) of Canada celebrates with silver medallist Kevin Lytwyn of Canada after the Men's Rings Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Gold medallist Scott Morgan (L) of Canada celebrates with silver medallist Kevin Lytwyn of Canada after the Men's Rings Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Gold medallist Scott Morgan (L) of Canada celebrates with silver medallist Kevin Lytwyn of Canada after the Men's Rings Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Gold medallist Scott Morgan (L) of Canada celebrates with silver medallist Kevin Lytwyn of Canada after the Men's Rings Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  (L-R) Bronze medalist Jason Livermore of Jamaica, Gold medalist Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica and Silver medalist Warren Weir of Jamaica cross the line in the Men's 200 metres Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: (L-R) Bronze medalist Jason Livermore of Jamaica, Gold medalist Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica and Silver medalist Warren Weir of Jamaica cross the line in the Men's 200 metres Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia poses during the medal ceremony for the Men's 3m Springboard at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia poses during the medal ceremony for the Men's 3m Springboard at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  (L-R) Bronze medalist Bianca Williams of England and silver medalist Jodie Williams of England celebrate after the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: (L-R) Bronze medalist Bianca Williams of England and silver medalist Jodie Williams of England celebrate after the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  (L-R) Silver medalist Jodie Williams of England looks to the score board as Bronze medalist Bianca Williams of England rests after the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: (L-R) Silver medalist Jodie Williams of England looks to the score board as Bronze medalist Bianca Williams of England rests after the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria celebrates winning gold in the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria celebrates winning gold in the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria crosses the line to win gold ahead of silver medalist Jodie Williams of England in the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria crosses the line to win gold ahead of silver medalist Jodie Williams of England in the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Eilidh Child of Scotland celebrates winning silver in the Women's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Eilidh Child of Scotland celebrates winning silver in the Women's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Silver medalist Jazmin Sawyers of England is congratulated by a coach after the Women's Long Jump final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Silver medalist Jazmin Sawyers of England is congratulated by a coach after the Women's Long Jump final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Silver medalist Jazmin Sawyers of England celebrates after the Women's Long Jump final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Silver medalist Jazmin Sawyers of England celebrates after the Women's Long Jump final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Gold medallist David Weir of England poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Mens Para Sport 1500 metres T54 at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Gold medallist David Weir of England poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Mens Para Sport 1500 metres T54 at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Silver medalist Jazmin Sawyers of England celebrates after the Women's Long Jump final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Silver medalist Jazmin Sawyers of England celebrates after the Women's Long Jump final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Liam Pitchford  of England competes during the Men's Doubles Quarter Final match at Scotstoun Sports Campus during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Liam Pitchford of England competes during the Men's Doubles Quarter Final match at Scotstoun Sports Campus during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Bronze medalist Bianca Williams of England (R) and silver medalist Jodie Williams of England react after the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Bronze medalist Bianca Williams of England (R) and silver medalist Jodie Williams of England react after the Women's 200m Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Eilidh Child of Scotland celebrates winning silver in the Women's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Eilidh Child of Scotland celebrates winning silver in the Women's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Clinton Purnell of Wales competes in the Men's Pommel Horse Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Clinton Purnell of Wales competes in the Men's Pommel Horse Final at SSE Hydro during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Ese Brume of Nigeria celebrates winning gold in the WOmen's Long Jump at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Ese Brume of Nigeria celebrates winning gold in the WOmen's Long Jump at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Cornel Fredericks of South Africa (C) crosses the line ahead to win gold ahead of Jeffery Gibson of Bahamas and Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago in the Men's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Cornel Fredericks of South Africa (C) crosses the line ahead to win gold ahead of Jeffery Gibson of Bahamas and Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago in the Men's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Cornel Fredericks of South Africa celebrate winning gold in the Men's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Cornel Fredericks of South Africa celebrate winning gold in the Men's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Bronze medalist Janieve Russell of Jamaica and Gold medalist Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica celebrate the Women's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Bronze medalist Janieve Russell of Jamaica and Gold medalist Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica celebrate the Women's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Neil Speirs, David Peacock, and Alex Marshall of Scotland celebrate during the men's fours semi-final match between Australia and Wales at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Neil Speirs, David Peacock, and Alex Marshall of Scotland celebrate during the men's fours semi-final match between Australia and Wales at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Ellen Falkner, Sian Gordon and Sophie Tolchard of England pose with their gold medals as they celebrate victory in the women's triples final match between England and Australia at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Ellen Falkner, Sian Gordon and Sophie Tolchard of England pose with their gold medals as they celebrate victory in the women's triples final match between England and Australia at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Jack Laugher of England competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Jack Laugher of England competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Members of the Scotland and Australia teams watch on during the men's fours semi-finals match between Australia and Wales at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Members of the Scotland and Australia teams watch on during the men's fours semi-finals match between Australia and Wales at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  James Heatley of Scotland competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: James Heatley of Scotland competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Royal Commonwealth Pool during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Cornel Fredericks of South Africacrosses the line ahead to win gold ahead of Jeffery Gibson of Bahamas in the Men's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Cornel Fredericks of South Africacrosses the line ahead to win gold ahead of Jeffery Gibson of Bahamas in the Men's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Lynsey Clarke, Karen Murphy and Kelsey Cotterell of Australia lshare a laugh during the women's triples final match between England and Australia at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Lynsey Clarke, Karen Murphy and Kelsey Cotterell of Australia lshare a laugh during the women's triples final match between England and Australia at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31:  Gold medallist Vikas Shive Gowda of India poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Mens Discus Throw at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Gold medallist Vikas Shive Gowda of India poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Mens Discus Throw at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Antony Fowler of England competes againsts Nickson Otieno Abaka of Kenya Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Antony Fowler of England competes againsts Nickson Otieno Abaka of Kenya Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Sean McGoldrick of Wales competes against Ayabonga Sonjica of South Africa in the Men's bantam 56kg quarter finals at the Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Sean McGoldrick of Wales competes against Ayabonga Sonjica of South Africa in the Men's bantam 56kg quarter finals at the Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Sean McGoldrick of Wales competes against Ayabonga Sonjica of South Africa in the Men's bantam 56kg quarter finals at the Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Sean McGoldrick of Wales competes against Ayabonga Sonjica of South Africa in the Men's bantam 56kg quarter finals at the Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Connor Coyle of Northern Ireland competes against Siphiwe Lusizi of South Africa in the Men's Middle 75kg at the Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Connor Coyle of Northern Ireland competes against Siphiwe Lusizi of South Africa in the Men's Middle 75kg at the Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Nicola Adams of England acknowledges the crowd prior to her bout against Erandi de Silva of Sri Lanka in the Women's Fly 48-51kg Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Nicola Adams of England acknowledges the crowd prior to her bout against Erandi de Silva of Sri Lanka in the Women's Fly 48-51kg Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Laishram Devi (red) of India competes againsts Charlene Jones of Wales in the Women's Light 57-60 kg Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Laishram Devi (red) of India competes againsts Charlene Jones of Wales in the Women's Light 57-60 kg Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Laishram Devi (red) of India competes againsts Charlene Jones of Wales in the Women's Light 57-60 kg Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Laishram Devi (red) of India competes againsts Charlene Jones of Wales in the Women's Light 57-60 kg Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Laishram Devi (red) of India competes againsts Charlene Jones of Wales in the Women's Light 57-60 kg Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Laishram Devi (red) of India competes againsts Charlene Jones of Wales in the Women's Light 57-60 kg Division Boxing quarterfinals at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30:  Samir El-Mais of Canada (red) competes against Warren Baister of England during the Men's Heavy 91kg quarterfinal at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Samir El-Mais of Canada (red) competes against Warren Baister of England during the Men's Heavy 91kg quarterfinal at Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre during day seven of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 30, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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England's David Weir waves before receiving his gold medal for the Men's Para-Sport 1500m T54 final at Hampden Park. John Giles/PA Wire

England's David Weir waves before receiving his gold medal for the Men's Para-Sport 1500m T54 final at Hampden Park. John Giles/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh (blue) in action against Jamaica's Sarah Joy Rae in the Women's Fly (48 - 51kg) Quarter-final 1 at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh (blue) in action against Jamaica's Sarah Joy Rae in the Women's Fly (48 - 51kg) Quarter-final 1 at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Scotland's (left-right) Paul Foster, David Peacock and Neil Speirs view a shot in their Semi-final Men's Fours match against Australia. Pic Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland's (left-right) Paul Foster, David Peacock and Neil Speirs view a shot in their Semi-final Men's Fours match against Australia. Pic Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland's Steven Donnelly celebrates his victory against Canada's Custio Clayton in the Men's Welter Quarter-final. Pic Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland's Steven Donnelly celebrates his victory against Canada's Custio Clayton in the Men's Welter Quarter-final. Pic Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

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Scotland's Stephen Lavelle celebrates his win against India's Amritpreet Amritpreet Singh in the Men's Heavy (91kg) Quarter-final. Pic Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Scotland's Stephen Lavelle celebrates his win against India's Amritpreet Amritpreet Singh in the Men's Heavy (91kg) Quarter-final. Pic Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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England's Jodie Williams reacts after finishing second in the Women's 200m Final. Pic Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Barnes, 27, has now finished both of his contests early. In Glasgow he is spending more time talking to the media than he is in the ring.

And he is loving it.

Question: How are you coping with the pressure of being team leader?

Answer: Pressure is for tyres!

Question: Are you intent on knocking every opponent out over here?

Answer: I'd love to knock them all out.

Question: What's the standard like?

Answer: It's harder to win an Irish title than some Commonwealth titles. Except for England and the other home nations and India the rest aren't up to much.

Question: What's it like being the elder statesman of this boxing team?

Answer: They are all torturing me. Steven Donnelly actually cut my gumshield in half this morning and they are hiding my clothes. They are taking the mick out of me. They were slagging me off before my fight saying they all had medals and I had to get one too. I told them 'listen boys I have a gold medal lying in my kitchen. I don't need to win'.

And so on and so on from Barnes who predicts that Team NI will go on to win NINE gold medals in the boxing ring and that Walsh will beat England's Olympic champion Nicola Adams in her final.

While Barnes didn't have to go the three rounds, Ballymena welterweight Donnelly and Londonderry middleweight Coyle won on unanimous points decisions after impressive displays.

Donnelly was in dynamic form with his quick hands and feet overcoming Canada's world number eight Custio Clayton.

"Going into it I knew that was going to be my final as he was the favourite," said Donnelly.

"It doesn't mean the rest will be easy but my confidence is sky high now.

"To win a fight against a quality opponent like that on the big stage meant a lot. Now I want gold. No one remembers bronze. I don't want to settle for bronze."

Coyle also put on a dominant performance, easily defeating South Africa's Siphiwe Lusizi, but states much better is to come in tomorrow's semi-final.

"I was in second gear and I didn't really get going. You'll see far better from me in my next fight," said Coyle, who stayed composed when his opponent attempted to wind him up.

"It's been a great day for the team. Nine medals is just class."

It sure is. Now all nine are setting their sights on turning bronze into gold... and they have the belief to do it.


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