Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Paddy Barnes misses out on Olympic boxing gold after defeat to China's Shiming Zou

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Paddy Barnes of Ireland sits up on the canvas as he competes against Shiming Zou of China during their Men's Light Fly (49kg) Boxing Semifinal bout on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes has taken Olympic bronze in the light-flyweight division after being beaten at the semi-final stage by China's Shiming Zou for the second Games in a row.

The Belfast fighter was beaten 15-0 by Zou in Beijing four years ago and despite a vastly-improved showing in the ExCeL Arena, he could not exact revenge, defeated on countback after the judges scored the bout level at 15-15.

Barnes slipped 8-5 behind in the first bout but Zou backed off thereafter, tieing the next round 3-3 and then being soundly beaten in the third as Barnes connected with a series of rights and lefts as he went all out to cut the deficit.

He successfully did that, but not enough to progress to the gold medal match.