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Ireland's Olympic heroes Barnes and Conlan one fight away from Rio qualification

The pair recorded victories at last night’s World Series of Boxing in Milan.

Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes Conlan (left) and Barnes (file photo). Source: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHO

IRISH BOXERS PADDY Barnes and Michael Conlan will both secure their spots at next year’s Rio Olympics with one more victory in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

The two Olympic bronze medallists, competing for Italia Thunder, were in action in Milan last night. Light-flyweight Barnes defeated Leandro Zarate Junior and tops his weight division with six wins from six.

Conlan, meanwhile, sits second in the bantamweight rankings after a unanimous win over Ignacio Perrin.

Got the win last night, no injuries no marks, 1 more too go!! 🙏🙏🙏 #rio

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Next up for the Belfast duo are bouts in Venezuela next month but if they don’t qualify via the WSB, there are a number of other routes to progress to the Games.

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