Paddy Barnes secures place at London Olympics after qualifier win

Belfast light-flyweight Paddy Barnes has clinched a place at the London Olympics after a qualifier win over Stefan Caslarov in Turkey on Wednesday.

Barnes beat the Romanian 17-9 to secure the semi-final spot he required to qualify for the Games.

The bronze medallist at the Beijing Games led 5-3 after the first round and moved 12-6 ahead with a round to go.

Tommy McCarthy, who needs to win the heavyweight section to qualify, beat Josepf Darmos 16-7 to make the semis.

The 21-year-old from Belfast held a 3-1 advantage after the opening round before dominating the second to lead 11-3.

McCarthy made the quarter-finals of the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Trabzon after a 12-3 win over Bosnia and Herzegivina's Copla Alem in his first-round fight in Trabzon on Monday.

The Oliver Plunkett's fighter is fully fit again after being the victim of an assault in February which left him with concussion and a cracked bone in his neck.

Barnes won his first fight in Turkey by stopping Hungarian Istvan Ungvari in the second round.

The Commonwealth champion and former European champion trailed his opponent 4-2 after the first round but the referee stopped the fight after a standing count.

Adam Nolan, who must reach the welterweight final to qualify, is through to the semi-finals after a 17-13 win against Tamerlan Abdullayer of Azerbaijan.

But the Olympic dream is over for David Oliver Joyce following a 19-10 defeat to Lithuanian 2010 Olympic Youth champion Evaldas Petrauskas.

Meanwhile, the Irish Amateur Boxing Association lodged an unsuccessful protest after Joe Ward's 18-15 defeat to Turkey's Bahran Muzaffer at light-heavyweight on Monday.

IABA president Tommy Murphy believed Ward had clearly won the bout.

Belfast flyweight Michael Conlon has already qualified for the London Games, along with middleweight Darren O'Neill and bantamweight John Joe Nevin.

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