Paddy Barnes is a wiser man ahead of Myers fight

Paddy Barnes (right)
Paddy Barnes (right)

Belfast’s Paddy Barnes will be looking to get his hands raised on Friday night at the National Elite Finals at the National Stadium in Dublin.

Barnes faces Hughie Myers in the 49kg final and the Holy Family fighter says he knows what to expect after meeting Myers in the 2013 final.

“The last time I underestimated Hughie Myers and went in there to try and blow him away.

“He fights well and hits and moves, He has a great right hook and that’s his main weapon,” said Barnes.

“Now I know how to fight him. I’ve sparred him countless times and know what he does.

“I am highly motivated to win my seventh Irish title and I want to prove to eveyone that I am the best in Ireland in this weight division.

“I have fought at the Olympics, Worlds, Europeans and Commonwealth Games but this Irish title still means everything. I am going there on Friday to win the title,” he added.

Belfast’s Michael Conlan will take on Tyrone McCullagh in the final of the bantamweight division.

Conlan will be looking to be in impressive form at the Finals.

Ballymena fighter Steven Donnelly will face Adam Nolan in the welterweight divsion.

Donnelly had a great win the semi-finals as he saw off the challenge of Olympian John Joe Joyce on a split decision.