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Three NI boxers win gold medals at Commonwealth Games

Paddy Barnes with his Commonwealth light flyweight gold medal

Belfast's Paddy Barnes wins Commonwealth Games gold by defeating Namibian Jafet Uutoni in the light flyweight final

Paddy Barnes, Paddy Gallagher and Eamonn O'Kane have won Northern Ireland's first Commonwealth Games gold medals in boxing for 16 years.

Light flyweight Barnes, bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics, beat defending champion Jafet Uutoni of Namibia 8-4 on points.

Gallagher followed that with an 11-6 success over England's Callum Smith.

Team captain O'Kane, from Dungiven, then saw off England's Anthony Ogogo 16-4 in a one-sided middleweight final.

Nineteen-year-old Thomas McCarthy got a silver medal after being outpointed in the light heavyweight class in the Talkatora Stadium in Delhi.

Heavyweight Steven Ward had to settle for a silver medal after being stopped in the first round of his final against Englishman Simon Vallily.

Paddy Gallagher celebrates winning Commonwealth gold

Paddy Gallagher beats England's Callum Smith to win the Commonwealth Games title at welterweight

Ward trailed 6-1 to his opponent before being knocked down and the referee called a halt.

Scotland's Callum Johnson proved too good for McCarthy, winning by an 8-1 scoreline.

Barnes, of the Holy Family club, was 3-1 up after the first round but just 5-4 ahead after the second.

"We have all trained so hard for this - it's very special to emulate past Irish champions like Barry McGuigan," said Barnes after his success.

Gleann club fighter Gallagher stormed into a 4-1 lead but seemed to be tiring in the second round as Smith levelled the contest at 5-5.

However, Gallagher produced an amazing final round, scoring with short-range stabs to secure a five-point winning margin.

Eamonn O'Kane

Northern Ireland boxing team captain Eamon O'Kane beats Anthony Ogogo in the middleweight final to add a gold medal to the team tally

Gallagher said he came into the competition only looking for a finals placing and had found every fight tough, particularly against the rangy Smith.

"Today I put everything into it. It was a very hard fight, fair play to the other guy," he said.

O'Kane enjoyed a 2-1 advantage after the first round of his contest but had extended that to 8-2 by the end of the second.

O'Kane shaded the early up-close action, out-muscling Ogogo and digging in a pair of hard rights to edge into an early lead which Ogogo reduced to 2-1 by the end of the first round.

The untidy action continued into round two with O'Kane banging in two more rights to extend his lead to 4-1.

O'Kane bossed the second part of the round with two looping rights helping him move 8-1 in front.

Predictably Ogogo threw caution to the wind in the final round but only succeeded in leaving himself open for the tight, powerful O'Kane to pick him off and increase his winning margin.

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