Paddy Barnes

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Paddy Barnes
Real name Patrick Barnes
Rated at Light-Flyweight
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Nationality Irish
Born (1987-04-09) 9 April 1987 (age 27)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Stance Orthodox

Patrick Gerard Barnes MBE (born 9 April 1987) is an Irish amateur boxer from Belfast. Representing Ireland, he has won two Olympic bronze medals. The first at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the second at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Representing Northern Ireland, Barnes has won gold at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.[1]

Early life[edit]

Barnes began boxing aged eleven. He had initially taken up football but did not feel suited to the sport saying he "wasn't really very good at it." He initially joined the Belfast Kronk Club and within a week he had his first fight which he lost.[2] He later joined the East Coast Boxing club as he spent his weekends staying with his cousins in Ardglass. Barnes lost his first 15 fights but says he loved the training and friends he had made through boxing.[2] Aged 16 he joined Holy Family ABC in Belfast.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

2006 | Commonwealth Games[edit]

Barnes represented Northern Ireland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Barnes was defeated in the quarter finals by Swaziland's Simanga Shiba, although Barnes had been leading at the half way point.[3]

2007 | European Union Amateur Championships[edit]

In 2007, Barnes competed at the EU Championships in Dublin. He had his medal hopes crushed however when he suffered a nasty eye injury. With bleeding found behind his retina, Barnes was forced out of the competition.[4]

2007 | World Amateur Championships[edit]

At the World Championships in Chicago Barnes missed out on a bronze medal after he was defeated by China's Zou Shiming in the quarter finals, Zou went on to win the gold medal. However, Barnes qualified for the 2008 Olympics by virtue of getting to the quarter finals.[5][6][7]

  • 1st Round – defeated Choi Jon Chuk North Korea North Korea 33–19
  • Round of 32 – defeated Sadegh Zade Faraj Iran Iran 30–10 (RSCO)
  • Round of 16 – defeated Kenji Ohkubo Japan Japan 24–6
  • Quarter final – lost to Zou Shiming China China 8–22

2008 | European Union Amateur Championships[edit]

In 2008, Barnes returned to EU Championships, this time in Cetniewo, Poland. Barnes made it to the final where he lost to Hungarian fighter Pál Bedák. The silver medal was enough to secure his place at the Summer Olympics.

2008 | Olympic Games[edit]

Barnes won Ireland's first medal of the 2008 games by winning his quarter final bout in the light flyweight division. Barnes won a bronze medal after he was again defeated by Shiming Zou, this time in the semi-final, in a match where replays showed some of Barnes landed punches counted as points for Zou.[citation needed]

2010 | European Amateur Championships[edit]

On 12 June 2010, Barnes won the gold medal in the light flyweight division at the 2010 European Amateur Boxing Championships. Barnes, a 4–1 winner over Azerbaijan's Elvin Mamishzade, was 1–0 up at the end of the first round, 3–1 ahead at the end of the second and sealed the victory with a final point in the third for 4–1.[8]

2010 | Commonwealth Games[edit]

Barnes represented Northern Ireland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[9] He won the gold medal, defeating Namibia's Jafet Uutoni 8–4 in the final.

  • Round of 16 – defeated Iain Butcher  Scotland 4–2
  • Quarter final – defeated Andrew Moloney  Australia 5–3
  • Semi final – defeated Amandeep Singh  India 5–0
  • Final – defeated Jafet Uutoni  Namibia 8–4

2012 | Olympic Games[edit]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics he defeated Thomas Essomba from Cameroon 15–10 then beat India's Devendro Singh in his quarter-final bout to guarantee himself at least another bronze medal. In doing so, he became the first Irish boxer to win medals at two consecutive Olympic Games. For the semi-final, Barnes once again drew Chinese superstar Zou Shiming, who had defeated Barnes in the 2008 semi finals before taking gold. Barnes gave a fearless performance against the three time World champion, with the judges tying them 15–15 on the scorecards, only for Barnes to lose via a 45-44 countback. Shiming once again went on to win gold.[10]

2014 | Commonwealth Games[edit]

As captain of the Northern Ireland boxing team in 2014 at Glasgow, Barnes led the way by winning gold in the flyweight division defeating India's L. Devendro Singh. It was the first time a Northern Irish boxer had successfully defended a Commonwealth title.[1] The tournament was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. 17 boxers from 17 nations took part. After the competition, Barnes was chosen for an MBE in the 2015 New Year Honours, for services to boxing and the community in Northern Ireland.[11][12]

Provincial & National Titles[edit]

Barnes lost the Ulster title in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He has faced Jimmy Moore from the St. Francis club in Limerick in each of his national finals being runner up in 2006 but winning the All-Ireland title 2007 and 2008.[13][14][15]


  1. ^ a b "Paddy Barnes wins gold at Glasgow". Irish Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Maskey, Alex (July 2012). "I'm going to the Olympics a lot fitter and in better shape". An Phoblacht. p. 30,31. 
  3. ^ John Haughey (27 March 2006). "NI games struggle was no surprise". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  4. ^ Antrim Boxing (Antrim Boxing). July 27, 2007  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Barnes loses world quarter-final". BBC Sport. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  6. ^ "Barnes earns Olympic Games berth". BBC Sport. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  7. ^ Bernard O'Neill. "IABA Update – Barnes qualifies for 2008 Olympics". Mightgloves. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  8. ^ "Barnes 'over the moon' with gold medal". RTÉ Sport (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  9. ^ "Home nations boxers in Delhi finals". BBC News. 12 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "LIVE: Paddy Barnes loses Olympic semi-final on countback". RTÉ News (RTÉ). 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N16. 31 December 2014.
  12. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List
  13. ^ Peter Scrivener (27 November 2007). "Funding worries for boxer Barnes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  14. ^ Bernard O'Neill. "EU Championship Preview". Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  15. ^ Tomás Rohan. "2007 Irish Seniors Preview". Retrieved 11 January 2007. 

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