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Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes wins European gold medal

Paddy Barnes
Paddy Barnes won a light-fly gold medal in Moscow

Paddy Barnes has won the gold medal at light-flyweight at the European Amateur Championships in Moscow by beating Azerbaijan's Elvin Mamishzade.

Barnes is only the sixth Irish boxer to secure gold at the championships and the first in 19 years.

The Belfast boxer led 1-0 after the first round and 3-1 after the second round and ran out a 4-1 winner.

The 23-year-old had qualified for the final by beating Spain's Jos de la Nieve Linares in his semi-final.

Barnes scored his opening point of the final with a left jab and went 2-0 up in round two with a lovely right to the head.

The fighters traded points before the end of round three, before Barnes sealed his success with a further point.

After his victory Barnes said: "It's brilliant. I'm over the moon - I can't describe how good I am feeling."

"It was always touch and go but I stuck to my gameplan.

"I knew coming into the fight that I had to close him down, not give him space to breathe."

Derry man Tyrone McCullagh had to be content with bronze after losing his featherweight semi-final 10-3 against England's Iain Weaver.

Irish middleweight Darren O'Neill had to settle for a silver medal after losing 15-7 to Russian Artem Chebotarev in the final.

Kenny Egan and Eric Donovan lost their semi-finals.

O'Neill had beaten Bulgarian Mladen Manev 6-0 to take his place in the decider.

Olympic silver medallist Egan squandered a 7-2 lead to lose 11-9 against France's Abdel Boukenia while Donovan was beaten 8-2 by Russian Albert Selimov in the semi-finals of the 60 kilo division in Moscow.

Derry native McCullagh, who boxes for the Illies Club in Inishowen in County Donegal, was level at 2-2 after the first round of their semi-final and the Englishman managed the only point of the second round.

However, Weaver dominated the final round to take the 10-3 verdict although McCullagh should be proud of his medal-winning achievement in his first major championship as a senior.

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