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The world reacts to Barnes' defeat

Michael Conlan: “The fact some of you idiots on here giving Paddy Barnes stick is disgraceful, what he’s done for the country is unbelieveable. 2x medalist 3x time Olympian & you keyboard warriors at home doing nothing with your lives but criticising him without a clue about boxing! Anyway, Paddy Barnes is a Legend of Irish sport and always will be! Done a lot more for Ireland than most ever will! #UpBarnes #Legend.”

Carl Frampton: “It’s clear to see that making 49kgs hurt Paddy but he still won that fight in my eyes. He gave everything. Devastated. Absolutely gutted for my mate @paddyb_ireland. I know how much he wanted that and how much he’s put in to these Olympics. Still a hero.

Conrad Cummings: “In boxing there is no certainty! @paddyb_ireland is still a boxing legend, one bad result doesn’t change that! #RIO.”

Steve Bunce: “One of the biggest shocks I’ve seen ringside at the Olympics. Absolute heartbreaking loss for @paddyb_ireland — he looked drained, tired & shocked. He’s going home & I’m amazed, but decision right.”

Michael Carruth (1992 gold medalist): “It was a tight fight. He looked very flat-footed and looked tired after three minutes and it wasn’t a vintage performance by him. We knew this Spaniard was a tough guy and going to be a test for him. It could have gone Paddy’s way.”

Bernard Dunne (former world

champion): “I thought he won. He started very sloppily, hands down, throwing single shots, crossing his feet over and I thought he lost the first round. But he picked it up so quickly at the start of the second and came really strong. His opponent didn’t like when he pushed him back. I still thought he did enough to win. He didn’t finish the third very strongly but it’s a three-minute round and they should be judging it over the whole round.”

Cian Healy: Hard luck @paddyb_ireland serious battle in there! Thought you had it in the end!

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