Rio 2016 Olympics: Paddy Barnes & Michael Conlan qualify

Paddy Barnes

Northern Irish duo Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan qualified for next year's Rio Olympics by winning their final World Series of Boxing bouts.

Barnes won a split decision over Finol Rivas in Venezuela to top the light-flyweight standings with a 7-0 record.

The 28-year-old will now compete at his third Olympics having won bronze in Beijing and London.

Michael Conlan

Conlan, 23, qualified for Rio 2016 with a unanimous decision in his bantamweight bout against Jose Diaz.

Both Belfast fighters won bronze for Ireland at London in 2012 and gold for Northern Ireland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

They were competing for Italian Thunder in the World Series.

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