Paddy Barnes aims to complete medal haul on World stage

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Paddy Barnes hopes to complete his set of major championship medals at this month's World Championships in Kazakhstan.

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes is targeting a medal in his 'bogey' tournament at the World Amateur Championships.

Barnes, one of four Belfast boxers in the Irish team competing in Kazakhstan on October 11-27, has already won Olympic, European and Commonwealth medals in a stellar amateur career.

"This seems to be my bogey tournament," admitted the light-flyweight.

"I'd be really happy with a medal because it's the only one I've never got, I think this is my year."

Barnes' fellow Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan, Sean McComb and Tommy McCarthy complete the Belfast line-up in a ten-strong Ireland team travelling to Kazakhstan.

Barnes reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships in 2007 and wants a medal from these championships to complete his medal collection.

"You're always training for a gold medal, anything else and you're second best," said Barnes.

"But for me, I'd be really happy with a (World) medal. I think this is my year for a medal and, please God, gold."

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