|Real name||Patrick Barnes|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
9 April 1987 |
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Website||Paddy Barnes Website|
Patrick Gerard "Paddy" 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. Barnes has also been chosen to be the bearer of the Flag of Ireland Tricolour at the 2016 Olympic Games, something that Barnes considers an "Incredible Honor".
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur career
- 2.1 2007 | European Union Amateur Championships
- 2.2 2007 | World Amateur Championships
- 2.3 2008 | European Union Amateur Championships
- 2.4 2008 | Olympic Games
- 2.5 2010 | European Amateur Championships
- 2.6 2010 | Commonwealth Games
- 2.7 2012 | Olympic Games
- 2.8 2014 | Commonwealth Games
- 2.9 2015 | World Series of Boxing
- 2.10 Provincial and National Titles
- 3 World Series of Boxing record
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Barnes began boxing aged 11. 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; within a week, he had his first fight, which he lost. 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. Aged 16, he joined Holy Family ABC in Belfast.
2007 | European Union Amateur Championships
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.
2007 | World Amateur Championships
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.
- 1st Round – defeated Choi Jon Chuk North Korea 33–19
- Round of 32 – defeated Sadegh Zade Faraj Iran 30–10 (RSCO)
- Round of 16 – defeated Kenji Ohkubo Japan 24–6
- Quarter final – lost to Zou Shiming China 8–22
2008 | European Union Amateur Championships
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
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.
- Round of 32 – bye
- Round of 16 – defeated José Luis Meza Ecuador 14–8
- Quarter final – defeated Łukasz Maszczyk Poland 11–5
- Semi-final – lost to Zou Shiming China 0–15
2010 | European Amateur Championships
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.
2010 | Commonwealth Games
- 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
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.
- Round of 16 – defeated Thomas Essomba Cameroon 15–10
- Quarter final – defeated Devendro Singh India 23–18
- Semi-final – lost to Zou Shiming China 15–15 / 44–45 (CB)
2014 | Commonwealth Games
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. 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.
2015 | World Series of Boxing
Barnes competed in the WSB for the 2014–2015 season. Along with fellow Irishman, Michael Conlan, Barnes was drafted by Italia Thunder who he had fought for once in the previous season. His first fight came against Magomed Ibiyev of the Baku Fires, in Baku. Barnes won with a 49–46, 49–46, 50–44 unanimous decision. His second fight was another win, this time over Anthony Ortiz as Italia Thunder met the Puerto Rico Hurricanes. The judges scored it 48–47, 49–46, 49–46 as Barnes took another unanimous decision win. The Hussars of Poland were next up, in Konin. Barnes continued his perfect start to the season with a landslide 50–45, 50–43, 50–45 victory over Sebastien Jagodzinski. Barnes' record for the season went to four wins with four unanimous decisions, when he defeated Kazakh fighter Temirtas Zhussupoy of the Astana Arlans, in Almaty. His next fight was with in Maiquetia, with a split decision win over Caciques de Venezuela's Finol Rivas. The judges scored the bout 49–45, 49–45, 47–48 in favour of Barnes.
Provincial and National Titles
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 in 2007 and 2008.
World Series of Boxing record
|5 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Draws|
|Win||5–1||Italia Thunder||Finol Rivas (Caciques de Venezuela)||SD||5 (5)||2015-04-18||Maiquetia, Venezuela|
|Win||4–1||Italia Thunder||Temirtas Zhussupoy (Astana Arlans)||UD||5 (5)||2015-02-28||Almaty, Kazakhstan|
|Win||3–1||Italia Thunder||Sebastien Jagodzinski (Hussars of Poland)||UD||5 (5)||2015-02-13||Konin, Poland|
|Win||2–1||Italia Thunder||Anthony Ortiz (Puerto Rico Hurricanes)||UD||5 (5)||2015-01-31||Palermo, Italy|
|Win||1–1||Italia Thunder||Magomed Ibiyev (Baku Fires)||UD||5 (5)||2015-01-18||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|Loss||0–1||Italia Thunder||Mohamed Flissi (Algeria Desert Hawks)||SD||5 (5)||2014-03-13||Algiers, Algeria||WSB debut|
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- 2015 New Year Honours List
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- "PALERMO WSB DOUBLE FOR BARNES AND CONLAN".
- "Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon win in Poland".
- "MIXED FORTUNES IN WSB AS PADDY BARNES CONTINUES STREAK WHILE MICK CONLAN TASTES DEFEAT".
- "Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan book places at Rio 2016".
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- Bernard O'Neill. "EU Championship Preview". Irish-boxing.com. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
- Tomás Rohan. "2007 Irish Seniors Preview". Irish-boxing.com. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
|Flagbearer for Ireland
Rio de Janeiro 2016