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Boxing: Paddy Barnes advances to Olympic quarter-finals

Updated: Sunday, 05 Aug 2012 12:14 | Comments

Paddy Barnes' hand raised in victory after a very comfortable bout in London
Paddy Barnes' hand raised in victory after a very comfortable bout in London

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Paddy Barnes has advanced to the quarter-finals of the light-flyweight division at London 2012 after recording a 15-10 victory against Cameroon’s Thomas Essomba this afternoon.

The Belfast boxer, who secured a bronze medal in Beijing four years ago, landed a number of potent combinations in the opening round to race into a 5-3 lead.

The 2010 European champion continued to dominate in the second round, while his frustrated opponent’s counterpunching became increasingly ragged. Barnes’ composure and ring craft ensured he stretched his advantage to 11-7, heading into the final round.

Barnes’ maturity and ability to dictate the tempo throughout the bout was most impressive.

The Holy Family pugilist coasted through the final round to eventually prevail 15-10.

The win sets up a quarter-final with Devendro Laishram. The Indian fighter eliminated Mongolia's Serdamba Purevdorj 16-11.

The man who beat him in China, Zou Shiming, could await Barnes in a repeat semi-final, but the 25-year-old insisted revenge was not on his mind.

Barnes added: "I'll fight anybody but I don't want to look too far ahead otherwise I could lose my next fight. It's good to ease into the competition and now that my first fight's out of the way I can improve on it."

Meanwhile, Barnes claims to be the first boxer to tweet news of his victory from inside the Olympic ring.

The 25-year-old told his 8,000 followers: "Job done from the Olympic ring. Paddy Barnes - bringing you closer to the action," later adding: "Think I'm the first boxer to tweet from inside [the] ring."

Barnes is engaged in a competition with team-mate Michael Conlan to take pictures and autographs with as many famous athletes as possible in the Village, many of which they have posted on their respective Twitter accounts.

Barnes joked: "It's been desperate getting chased round the Village by all these athletes wanting autographs and pictures. But I have to stand there and give it to them all because I don't want to be ignorant."

When pressed for the identity of the most famous athlete who had asked for his autograph, Barnes, who had carried a sign at the opening ceremony asking for sponsorship, replied: "Probably [Usain] Bolt."

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