Paddy Barnes

Paddy Barnes


name=Paddy Barnes
realname=Patrick Barnes
nationality= {Northern Irish}
birth_date=Birth date and age|1987|4|9|df=y
birth_place=Belfast, Northern Ireland
home=Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Patrick Barnes, more commonly known as Paddy Barnes, (b. 9 April 1987) is an Northern Irish amateur boxer from Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He qualified to represent Ireland in the light-flyweight division at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China where he won a bronze medal.


Provincial and national titles

Barnes, represents the Holy Family ABC in Belfast and has won 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.cite web | author=Peter Scrivener | title="Funding worries for boxer Barnes" | work=BBC Sport| url= | accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007 ] cite web | author=Bernard O'Neill | title="EU Championship Preview" || url=| accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007 ] cite web | author=Tomás Rohan | title="2007 Irish Seniors Preview" || url=| accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007 ]

Commonwealth Games and Championships

Barnes represented Northern Ireland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Barnes was defeated in the quarter finals by Swaziland's Simanga Shiba, although Barnes had been leading at the half way point. [cite web | author=John Haughey | title="NI games struggle was no surprise" | work=BBC Sport | url=| accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007 ]

In 2007, Barnes suffered an eye injury the EU Boxing 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 Northern Irish fighter Eamon O’Kane won gold medals in their respective divisions at the event. Barnes defeated India's Nanao Singh in his final.cite web | author= | title="Boxing Grabs the Sporting Headlines" | work=Sport Northern Ireland | url=| accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007 ] cite web | author=ABA | title="Commonwealth Championships - Liverpool, England" | work=ABA | url=| accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007 ] cite web | author=David Kelly | title="Barnes hopes to lead bid for triple whammy" | work=Belfast Telegraph | url=| accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007 ]

World Amateur Boxing Championships

At the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago Barnes missed out on a bronze medal after he was defeated by China's Shiming Zou 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.cite web | author= | title="Barnes loses world quarter-final" | work=BBC Sport| url=| accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007 ] cite web | author= | title="Barnes earns Olympic Games berth" | work=BBC Sport| url= | accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007 ] cite web | author=Bernard O'Neill
title="IABA Update - Barnes qualifies for 2008 Olympics" | work= Mightgloves | url= | accessdaymonth=11 January | accessyear=2007

World Amateur championship results

2007 (in Chicago)
*Defeated Choi Jon Chuk (North Korea) 33-19
*Defeated Sadegh Zade Faraj (Iran) RSCO3 (30-10)
*Defeated Kenji Ohkubo (Japan) 24-6
*Lost Shiming Zou (China) 8-22

2008 Olympics

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 poiints for Zou

2008 Summer Olympics results

2008 (in Beijing)
* Round of 32 - Bye
* Round of 16 - defeated José Luis Meza (ECU) 14-8
* Quarter final - defeated Łukasz Maszczyk (POL) 11-5
* Semi final - Lost Zou Shiming (CHN) 0-15


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