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[1]
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 Northern Ireland he has won gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.[2] Representing Ireland, he won a bronze medal in the light-flyweight division at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He won another bronze medal in the light-flyweight division at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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. [3] 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.[3] Aged 16 he joined Holy Family ABC in Belfast.[3]


Provincial and 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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

2007 EU Championships[edit]

In 2007, Barnes suffered an eye injury the EU Championships which stopped him from winning a medal, later that year in July, Barnes competed at the Commonwealth Federation Championships in Liverpool, England.

Both Barnes and fellow Irish fighter Eamon O’Kane won gold medals in their respective divisions at the event. Barnes defeated India's Nanao Singh in his final.[8][9][10]

2007 World Amateur Boxing 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.[11][12][13]

2008 Olympics[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 Boxing 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.[14]

2010 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Barnes represented Northern Ireland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[15] 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


At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships he lost his first fight to Mark Barriga.

2012 Olympics[edit]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics (resultes) 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. He drew his semi-final against China's superstar Zou Shiming 15–15 but lost on countback (by a score of 45–44), eliminating himself from contention for a silver or gold medal.[16]

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.[2] The tournament was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. 17 boxers from 17 nations took part.

Barnes was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to boxing and the community in Northern Ireland.[17][18]


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  2. ^ a b "Paddy Barnes wins gold at Glasgow". Irish Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Peter Scrivener (27 November 2007). ""Funding worries for boxer Barnes"". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  5. ^ Bernard O'Neill. ""EU Championship Preview"". Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  6. ^ Tomás Rohan. ""2007 Irish Seniors Preview"". Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  7. ^ John Haughey (27 March 2006). ""NI games struggle was no surprise"". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  8. ^ ""Boxing Grabs the Sporting Headlines"". Sport Northern Ireland. Retrieved 11 January 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ Amateur Boxing Association of England. ""Commonwealth Championships – Liverpool, England"". Amateur Boxing Association of England. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  10. ^ David Kelly. ""Barnes hopes to lead bid for triple whammy"". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2007. [dead link]
  11. ^ ""Barnes loses world quarter-final"". BBC Sport. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  12. ^ ""Barnes earns Olympic Games berth"". BBC Sport. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  13. ^ Bernard O'Neill. ""IABA Update – Barnes qualifies for 2008 Olympics"". Mightgloves. Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  14. ^ "Barnes 'over the moon' with gold medal". RTÉ Sport (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  15. ^ "Home nations boxers in Delhi finals". BBC News. 12 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "LIVE: Paddy Barnes loses Olympic semi-final on countback". RTÉ News (RTÉ). 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  17. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N16. 31 December 2014.
  18. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List

External links[edit]

Official Paddy Barnes website