Ireland’s Paddy Barnes in Shock Defeat

Ireland’s Paddy Barnes is out of the Olympics boxing tournament after suffering a shock points defeat by Samuel Carmona Heredia.

Barnes, 29, was level with his 20-year-old opponent after two rounds and the Spaniard, ranked 26 in the world, took the verdict in the final three minutes.

Light-flyweight Barnes was hoping to win a third Olympic medal having secured bronze at Beijing and London.

The Belfast fighter was Ireland’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.

The Chinese judge gave the verdict to Barnes 29-28, but the Canadian and Uzbekistani judges scored it 29-28 to his opponent.

Afterwards Barnes said he had struggled to make the weight and felt drained.

He said he would not be competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

The surprise defeat of their captain is a further blow for the Irish boxing team.

Before the tournament, an Irish male fighter was ruled out of the Games after failing a drugs test.

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