Paddy Barnes targets gold at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Paddy Barnes has set his sights on winning gold at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Belfast fighter Barnes - who is taking part in a training camp this week at Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute against Scotland, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand - has one Commonwealth Games gold from Delhi in 2010 - and the Holy Family man says gold is what he wants.

“Anything else than gold would be a massive disappointment.

“I won gold at the last Games and that is the only colour I want,

“Bronze or silver would be a huge disappointment. I will be gutted if I don’t win gold. Every games I enter I want to win gold - anything less is not good enough,” he added.

“I will not make any predictions as we have a very young and inexperienced team.

“But the talent is there and we could surprise a few people,” he added.

Barnes says there will be stiff competition in the 49kg division.

“India has a few good boxers and they will have a strong team.

“They have a number of young boxers coming through and they will be there or there abouts,” said Barnes.

Barnes - who also has two Olympic bronze medals to his name - says he will be ready to perform when the Games start,

“Preparation has gone really well and I am feeling sharp.

“It is great to have this camp so close to the games.

“We are training and sparring with the teams that will be at the Games and you can see how they are getting on.

“It lets you know where you are and you know what has to be done before the Games.”

Barnes says he is happy that the Games are close to his home city.

“No-one can afford to travel to the Games!

“I’m only joking, it’s a short trip for people coming to watch us in action and I have family and friends coming to watch the fights in Glasgow.

“It is great that there will be good support for the team - but there will just be me and him in the ring,” he added.

Barnes also added that he is looking forward to seeing his good mate Carl Frampton fight Kiko Martinez for the Spaniard’s IBF World title in Belfast on September 6.

“I can’t wait and I am more excited about that, than fighting at the Games.

“I think it is going to be a hard fight - but Carl has the skills and I can’t see anything else than a Frampton win.

“It is going to be a great night with 16000 fans at the fight and the atmosphere will be electric,” he added.

Northern Ireland boxing team: Paddy Barnes, Michaela Walsh, Ruairi Dalton, Michael Conlan, Joe Fitzpatrick, Alanna Audley-Murphy, Sean Duffy, Steven Donnelly, Conor Coyle, Sean McGlinchy and Steven Ward.