Saturday, August 16, 2008

Boxing: Sutherland, Barnes into Quarter-Finals

Three Irish boxers are now just eight minutes away from an Olympic medal after Darren Sutherland and Paddy Barnes joined team captain Kenny Egan in the quarter-finals,

Sutherland stopped Nabil Kassel of Algeria in a punishing victory which the referee stopped in the fourth round when the Irish fighter was leading 21-14. He will fight Alfonso Blanco Parra in the middleweight last eight, with the winner guaranteed a bronze medal at least.

Flyweight Paddy Barnes outclassed Jose Luis Meza from Ecuador, beating him 14-0. In Tuesday’s quarter-finals, he faces Luzasz Maszczyk of Poland.

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