GOING FOR GOLD: FOUR NI BOXERS IN GLASGOW FINALS

Northern ireland team boxing captain Paddy Barnes fighting for gold today

Northern ireland team boxing captain Paddy Barnes fighting for gold today

FOUR Northern Ireland boxers will fight for gold medals later today winning their semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games.

Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, Joe Fitzpatrick and Michaela Walsh all made sure of at least silver by securing victories in Glasgow on Friday.

Fitzpatrick sustained another cut on a previous wound under his left eye which could leave vulnerable to a stoppage if it gets badly damaged in his final bout for gold.

Sean Duffy, Sean McGlinchy, Steven Donnelly, Connor Coyle and Alanna Audley-Murphy lost their semi-finals and take home bronze medals.

Woman’s flyweight Michaela Walsh beat India’s Pinki Rani on a split decision to set up a Saturday showdown against Olympic champion Nicola Adams.

Paddy Barnes totally outclassed his Ugandan opponent Fazil Juma Kaggwa in the light-flyweight division.

The NI boxing team captain was in a different class to teenager Kaggwa and all three judges gave the Belfast man all three rounds.

Twice Olympic bronze medallist Barnes is aiming to become the first Northern Ireland fighter to successfully defend a Commonwealth Games title.

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