Paddy Barnes earned a trip to the Olympics in 2008 and 2012, walking away with bronze medals both times. One of Northern Ireland’s most decorated boxers ever, Barnes will once again be representing his country at the Olympics, this time in Rio as he seeks to earn a medal of a different color. Barnes fought through a long, grueling season in the World Series of Boxing in 2015, a journey that kept him travelling across the world for 14 weeks. An undefeated record catapulted Barnes to the top of the individual standings in the light flyweight (49kg/108 lbs) class and automatically qualified him for Rio, where he will be one of the favorites in the division. Since his last Olympic appearance, Barnes has become more of a family man. He now has a daughter, Eireann, who serves as perhaps his biggest motivation for Rio. As he fights for his family, Barnes says he would love nothing more than to bring a gold medal back to Belfast for his daughter.
02/19/2016 - 14:36
07/29/2016 - 22:05
Getting to know you facts:
Two-time Olympic bronze medalist (2008, 2012)
7-0 with 1 knockout in Season V of the World Series of Boxing in 2015
Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist (2010, 2014)