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Comments Thread For: Conlan Reveals That Barnes' Medal Rant Inspired Him
Belfast flyweight Michael Conlan has revealed how Paddy Barnes' infamous bronze medal rant inspired him to pursue his one-time rival all the way to the Olympic Games.
The 20-year-old Conlan was watching on television when fellow Belfast man Barnes reacted to his 15-0 semi-final defeat to China's Zou Shiming in 2008 by raging: "They can keep their bronze medal, I don't care. It's for losers."
Conlan and Barnes are part of a six-strong Ireland boxing squad heading to the London Games, which also includes John Joe Nevin, Adam Nolan, Darren O'Neill and four-time women's world champion Katie Taylor.
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