Belfast Telegraph

Boxer Barnes wins bronze medal

Irish 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.

Having been unhappy with his Beijing semi-final - and medal - in 2008, Barnes was pleased with his improved showing.

"I really thought I had him with a few more punches, but I'm not going to cry about it," he said.

"He's a three-time world champion and an Olympic champion and you don't get that for no reason.

"I'm proud. In Beijing it was 15-0, I thought that was unfair and that's why I went off on a rant about the bronze medal but 15-15 is not bad.

"Hopefully I'll have a chance in four years because he'll be retired!"

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