Tommy McCarthy targets place in London Olympics

Belfast fighter Tommy McCarthy is delighted to get the chance to make the Olympic Games in London this summer.

The heavyweight will compete in April's final qualifying event in Turkey after winning the Irish title on Friday.

McCarthy will have to be at his best because only one heavyweight spot for London is up for grabs in Turkey.

"With just one place on offer it is going to be very hard and and there will be no easy fights, but I am up for the challenge," said McCarthy.

The Oliver Plunkett man had a third-round knockout win over Athy's Christy Joyce at the Irish Championships in Dublin.

Paddy Barnes will join McCarthy in Turkey after his 21-17 win over Hugh Myers in the light-flyweight final.

The top five light-flyweights in Turkey will qualify for London and the Olympic bronze medalist from 2008 is confident of making a return to the Games.

"I'm a European champion, they should be fearing me and I will be the one to beat," said Barnes.

"I feel I'm one of the top contenders. It would be brilliant to win a medal in London but just to qualify would mean a lot to me."

Michael Conlan made it a treble for Belfast fighters at the National Stadium by retaining the flyweight title after beating Chris Phelan 19-11

Conlan has already qualified for the Olympic Games but he wants McCarthy and Barnes to join him on the plane to London.

"It would be a big boost to me if they made it - we are good mates so it would be great to have them with me," said Conlan.

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