Barnes: His coach musn’t have liked him and sent him out for more punishment

Hamadi Furahisha must have upset his coach, thats the view of Paddy Barnes, as why else would the trainer send the Tanzanian boxer out for a third round of punishment?

The referee finally put Furahisha out of his misery at in the final minute of the one sided fight, but Barnes is confident he will inflict more punishment on fighters en route to Commonwealth gold.

Indeed, the two time Olympic bronze medal winner and Irish fight favourite believes his team mates are on course to medal too and points to self belief as the core difference between Team Northern Ireland fighters and others in the competition.

“It was an easy enough fight, I couldn’t take it lightly going in there, everyone is a danger. When they were announcing the names he was standing with his arms folded and looked like he didn’t want to be there. I knew then he wasn’t going to be a danger,” explained Barnes.

He added: “For me, all I need to do is my best. I think we have such good boxers because of our self-belief. We fear nobody and believe we can beat everybody.

“I still feel there should be a lot of medals here, we have every chance of getting medals in every weight. Before the third bell started I felt like it would be better if they had pulled him out, I don’t think his coach liked him, he let him come out again!”

Barnes said: “I’m happy with my fight, especially because I’ve no injuries to the head. I came out unscathed.”


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