Olympic legend Paddy Barnes has vowed to win a seventh Irish title at the expense of champion Hugh Myers, in Dublin this weekend.
Myers, who was beaten (21-17) by Barnes in the 2012 decider, claimed the 49kg crown last year after Barnes withdrew with an illness. He beat Thomas Waites of the Cairn Lodge BC to reach the final.
The Ryston BC orthodox, a silver medallist at the 2012 European U/23 Championships, earned a unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,29-28) over the Belfast fighter.
Myers took a standing count in the third after an accidental clash of heads.
Barnes beat lively Derry southpaw Blaine Dobbins, who took a standing count off a flashing right from the two-time Olympic bronze medallist in the third.
“The last time I underestimated Hughie Myers and went in there to try and blow him away. He fights well and hits and moves, so that’s his main weapon and it was a close fight,” said Barnes.
“Now I know how to fight him. I’ve sparred him countless times and know what he does. He’s good at what he does, but I’m just going to go out there and take it away from him.”