Patrick Gerard Barnes (born 9 April 1987) is an Irish former boxer who competed as an amateur from 2005 to 2016 and as a professional from 2016 to 2019. As an amateur he competed in the light-flyweight division, representing Ireland at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics; winning bronze medals in Beijing and London, and represented Northern Ireland at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games; winning a gold medal at both events.[1] As a professional, he challenged for the WBC flyweight title in 2018.

Paddy Barnes
Paddy Barnes Rio2016.jpg
Barnes at the 2016 Olympics
Real namePatrick Gerard Barnes
Nickname(s)The Leprechaun
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Reach64 12 in (164 cm)
Born (1987-04-09) 9 April 1987 (age 32)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Boxing record
Total fights9
Wins by KO1

Early lifeEdit

Barnes began boxing aged 11. He later joined the East Coast Boxing club. Barnes had an amateur record of 2-19 after his first 21 fights Aged 16, he joined Holy Family ABC in Belfast.[citation needed]

Amateur careerEdit

2007 | European Union Amateur ChampionshipsEdit

In 2007, Barnes competed at the EU Championships in Dublin. He had his medal hopes crushed however when he suffered an eye injury. With bleeding found behind his retina, Barnes was forced out of the competition.[2]

2007 | World Amateur ChampionshipsEdit

At the World Championships in Chicago Barnes missed out on a bronze medal after he was defeated by China's Zou Shiming in the quarter finals, Zou went on to win the gold medal.[citation needed]

However, Barnes qualified for the 2008 Olympics by virtue of getting to the quarter finals.[3][4][5]

  • 1st Round – defeated Choi Jon Chuk   North Korea 33–19
  • Round of 32 – defeated Sadegh Zade Faraj   Iran 30–10 (RSCO)
  • Round of 16 – defeated Kenji Ohkubo   Japan 24–6
  • Quarter final – lost to Zou Shiming   China 8–22

2008 | European Union Amateur ChampionshipsEdit

In 2008, Barnes returned to EU Championships, this time in Cetniewo, Poland.[citation needed]

Barnes made it to the final where he lost to Hungarian fighter Pál Bedák. The silver medal was enough to secure his place at the Summer Olympics.[citation needed]

2008 | Olympic GamesEdit

Barnes won Ireland's inaugural medal, at the 2008 Summer Olympics, by winning his quarter final bout in the light flyweight division. Barnes won a bronze medal after he was defeated in a second match with Shiming Zou in the semi-final, in a match where replays showed some of Barnes landed punches counted as points for Zou.[citation needed]

2010 | European Amateur ChampionshipsEdit

On 12 June 2010, Barnes won the gold medal in the light flyweight division at the 2010 European Amateur Boxing Championships. Barnes, a 4–1 winner over Azerbaijan's Elvin Mamishzade, was 1–0 up at the end of the first round, 3–1 ahead at the end of the second and sealed the victory with a final point in the third for 4–1.[6]

2010 | Commonwealth GamesEdit

Barnes represented Northern Ireland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[7] He won the gold medal, defeating Namibia's Jafet Uutoni 8–4 in the final.

  • Round of 16 – defeated Iain Butcher   Scotland 4–2
  • Quarter final – defeated Andrew Moloney   Australia 5–3
  • Semi final – defeated Amandeep Singh   India 5–0
  • Final – defeated Jafet Uutoni   Namibia 8–4

2012 | Olympic GamesEdit

Barnes at the 2016 Olympics

At the 2012 Summer Olympics he defeated Thomas Essomba from Cameroon 15–10 then beat India's Devendro Singh in his quarter-final bout to guarantee himself at least another bronze medal. In doing so, he became the inaugural Irish boxer to win medals at two consecutive Summer Olympics.

For the semi-final, Barnes once again drew Chinese superstar Zou Shiming, who had defeated Barnes in the 2008 semi-finals before taking gold. Barnes gave a fearless performance against the three time World champion, with the judges tying them 15–15 on the scorecards, only for Barnes to lose via a 45–44 countback. Shiming once again went on to win gold.[8]

2014 | Commonwealth GamesEdit

As captain of the Northern Ireland boxing team in 2014 at Glasgow, Barnes led the way by winning gold in the flyweight division defeating India's Devendro Singh. It was the first time a Northern Irish boxer had successfully defended a Commonwealth title.[1]

The tournament was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. 17 boxers from 17 nations took part.[citation needed]

After the competition, Barnes accepted an honour, the MBE, in the 2015 New Year Honours, for services to boxing and the community in Northern Ireland.[9][10]

2015 | World Series of BoxingEdit

Barnes competed in the WSB for the 2014–2015 season. Along with Michael Conlan, he was drafted by Italia Thunder. His first fight came against Magomed Ibiyev of the Baku Fires, in Baku. Barnes won with a 49–46, 49–46, 50–44 unanimous decision.[11]

His second fight was another win, this time over Anthony Ortiz as Italia Thunder met the Puerto Rico Hurricanes. The judges scored it 48–47, 49–46, 49–46 as Barnes took another unanimous decision win.[12]

The Hussars of Poland were next up, in Konin. Barnes continued his perfect start to the season with a landslide 50–45, 50–43, 50–45 victory over Sebastien Jagodzinski.[13]

His record for the season went to four wins with four unanimous decisions, when he defeated Kazakh fighter Temirtas Zhussupoy of the Astana Arlans in Kazakhstan.[14] His next fight was with in Maiquetia, with a split decision win over Caciques de Venezuela's Finol Rivas. The judges scored the bout 49–45, 49–45, 47–48 in favour of Barnes.[15]

2016 | Olympic GamesEdit

Barnes was also chosen to be the bearer of the Flag of Ireland Tricolour at the 2016 Summer Olympics, something that Barnes considered an "incredible honour".[16] At the 2016 Summer Olympics Barnes was defeated 2–1 by Samuel Carmona in the round of 16.[17]

Provincial and National TitlesEdit

Barnes lost the Ulster title in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He faced Jimmy Moore from Limerick in each of his national finals being runner up in 2006 but winning the All-Ireland title in 2007 and 2008.[18][19][20]

World Series of Boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
6 fights 5 wins 1 loss
By decision 5 1
No. Result Record Team Opponent (Team) Type Round, time Date Location Notes
6 Win 5–1 Italia Thunder   Yoel Finol (Caciques de Venezuela) SD 5 18 Apr 2015   Maiquetia, Venezuela
5 Win 4–1 Italia Thunder   Temirtas Zhussupov (Astana Arlans) UD 5 28 Feb 2015   Almaty, Kazakhstan
4 Win 3–1 Italia Thunder   Sebastien Jagodzinski (Hussars of Poland) UD 5 13 Feb 2015   Konin, Poland
3 Win 2–1 Italia Thunder   Anthony Ortiz (Puerto Rico Hurricanes) UD 5 31 Jan 2015   Palermo, Italy
2 Win 1–1 Italia Thunder   Magomed Ibiyev (Baku Fires) UD 5 18 Jan 2015   Baku, Azerbaijan
1 Loss 0–1 Italia Thunder   Mohamed Flissi (Algeria Desert Hawks) SD 5 13 Mar 2014   Algiers, Algeria WSB debut

Professional careerEdit

After his amateur success, Barnes turned professional and made his debut as a bantamweight against Stefan Slavchev on 5 November 2016. Slavchev lifted Barnes into the air during the fourth round, so Barnes won the bout via disqualification.[citation needed]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
9 fights 6 wins 3 losses
By knockout 1 2
By decision 4 1
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
9 Loss 6–3   Jay Harris KO 4 (10), 2:12 11 Oct 2019   Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland For vacant IBF Inter-Continental flyweight title
8 Win 6–2   Joel Sanchez PTS 6 3 Aug 2019   Marquee Falls Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland
7 Loss 5–2   Oscar Mojica SD 6 17 Mar 2019   Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, US
6 Loss 5–1   Cristofer Rosales KO 4 (12), 3:00 18 Aug 2018   Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland For WBC flyweight title
5 Win 5–0   Eliecer Quezada KO 6 (10), 3:06 18 Nov 2017   SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental flyweight title
4 Win 4–0   Juan Hinostroza PTS 6 6 Oct 2017   Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
3 Win 3–0   Silviu Olteanu MD 10 17 Jun 2017   Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland Won vacant WBO European flyweight title
2 Win 2–0   Adrian Dimas Garzon PTS 6 10 Mar 2017   Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1 Win 1–0   Stefan Slavchev DQ 4 (6), 2:05 5 Nov 2016   Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland Slavchev disqualified for lifting Barnes


Barnes and Mari Burns, parents of two daughters, wed in July 2017 at St Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, north Belfast.[21] Barnes is also an Irish Speaker, and received a Silver Fáinne in 2019.


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  4. ^ "Barnes earns Olympic Games berth". BBC Sport. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
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  7. ^ "Home nations boxers in Delhi finals". BBC News. 12 October 2010.
  8. ^ "LIVE: Paddy Barnes loses Olympic semi-final on countback". RTÉ News. RTÉ. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  9. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N16.
  10. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List Archived 2 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine
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  12. ^ PALERMO WSB DOUBLE FOR BARNES AND CONLAN – Irish Athletic Boxing Association. (31 January 2015); retrieved 25 August 2016.
  13. ^ Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon win in Poland,; retrieved 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ Murphy, Darragh. (28 February 2015) Mixed fortunes in WSB as Paddy Barnes continues streak while Mick Conlan tastes defeat,; retrieved 25 August 2016.
  15. ^ Barnes and Conlan book places at Rio 2016,; retrieved 25 August 2016.
  16. ^ Rio 2016 Olympics: Paddy Barnes will be Ireland's flag bearer at Games – BBC Sport. (27 April 2016). Retrieved on 2016-08-25.
  17. ^ "Paddy Barnes: 'Just as well I got beaten because I would have been embarrassed next week'". Irish Independent. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  18. ^ Peter Scrivener (27 November 2007). "Funding worries for boxer Barnes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
  19. ^ Bernard O'Neill. "EU Championship Preview". Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
  20. ^ Tomás Rohan. "2007 Irish Seniors Preview". Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
  21. ^ "Love match for Paddy Barnes as boxer weds Mari Burns". Retrieved 5 January 2018.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Iain Butcher
WBO European flyweight champion
17 June 2017 – January 2018
Title next held by
Mirco Martin
Title last held by
Donnie Nietes
WBO Inter-Continental flyweight champion
18 November 2017 – June 2018
Title next held by
Sunny Edwards
Olympic Games
Katie Taylor
Flagbearer for   Ireland
2016 Rio de Janeiro