Paddy Barnes claims win in Kaunus as Olympic Games loom large

Paddy Barnes
Paddy Barnes

Rio 2016 Olympian Paddy Barnes was back on top of the podium at the Socikas Invitational tournament in Lithuania after beating Martin Salvador in Friday’s final.

The Belfast fighter - boxing at fly - was in sparkling form and took control of the contest from the outset and outclassed his Spanish opponent.

Barnes taking all three rounds comfortably.

“It was an excellent performance from Paddy, said Irish team manager Bernie Harold.

“He took control from the first round up and we’re delighted with the win.”

Barnes beat two Spanish opponents en route to gold in Kaunas.

World Elite champion Michael Conlan was also boxing at the tournament.

Conlan’s semi-final bout with Moldova’s Veaceslav Goran was stopped in the second round on Thursday after Conlan - who was well ahead on points - picked up a facial cut.

But the Ireland team confirmed Conlan’s cut was a small one and he will be fine for the Olympic Games in the summer.