Paddy Barnes has been knocked out the Olympics after a shock defeat to Spaniard Samuel Carmona Heredia. The Belfast fighter who was hoping to add a gold to his bronze medal he won at the London 2012 games bowed out at the Riocentre this afternoon at the first hurdle.
It was far from a good performance from Barnes, against a tough and lively opponent and he was clearly stunned as the judges awarded the fight to the Spanish fighter on a split decision. In all honesty, from looking at the fight Barnes was second best from the first bell till the last. He looked sluggish and his punches weren’t landing and it was no surprise at all that the Spaniard was ahead on the final scorecard.
The judges had the fight all square after the second round. The third round was very close but Heredia finished stronger and that just enough to sway the judges and to book his place in the next round, for Barnes his 2016 Olympic dream has come to an end. However, he will still have the memories of leading out the Irish team at the Opening Ceremony, a memory that he will never forget one would think.