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Paddy Barnes and Darren O'Neill are out of the Usti nad Labem Grand Prix

Updated: Friday, 15 Mar 2013 10:19 | Comments

Darren O'Neill lost out by three points
Darren O'Neill lost out by three points

Ireland’s Paddy Barnes and Darren O’Neill exited the Usti nad Labem Grand Prix at the quarter-final stage to Kazakhstan’s Iiyas Sulimenov and Adilbek Niyazymbetov respectively in the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Barnes, a bronze medal winner at the 30th Olympiad, was level going into the third round against Sulimenov, but the Belfast light-fly, who had moved up to flyweight for the tournament, had to retire after picking up a nose injury.

O’Neill, who had moved up to light-heavyweight from middleweight for the 44th edition of the Grand Prix, produced a fine performance but was beaten by a three-point margin (8-5) by Niyazymbetov, who claimed silver at the 2012 London Games.

Current Irish Elite champion Sean McComb and Ross Hickey recorded their second wins in 24 hours to reach the semi-finals and guarantee themselves at least bronze.

However, Hickey can go no further as he injured his left forearm in the second round of his 15-8 win over Austrian light-welterweight Khamsad Musaev and is out of Friday’s semi-final with Mongolia’s Zorigtbaatar Enkhzorig.

Belfast lightweight McComb convincingly beat Lithuania’s Gytis Vaitkus 10-5 earlier in the evening.

McComb, Jason Quigley and Tommy McCarthy will be involved in semi-final bouts today and all three are guaranteed at least bronze.

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