Barnes and Conlan target Rio Games via Venezuela
Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan will be in action in Caracas in Venezuela on Saturday night knowing that a win in their WSB fights for the Italia Thunder team against Caciques Venezuela could potentially earn them qualification for the Rio Olympics next year.
Double-Olympic medal winner Barnes, at light-fly, has had six wins in six fights in the current tournament and is top of the table. A win for Conlan, who won bronze in London 2012, would put him in second place in bantamweight division. The top light-fly qualifies and the top two bantamweights qualify. It's a tough tournament involving long haul flights every few weeks and difficulties monitoring weight.
A complex points system could yet mean box-offs and the journey to South America makes it tricky but both men have been in top form.