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Stunning upset as Ireland's Paddy Barnes crashes out of the Olympics

The Irish boxer was up against Spain’s Samuel Carmona Heredia.

Samuel Carmona Heredia of Spain is declared the winner.
Samuel Carmona Heredia of Spain is declared the winner.

Updated at 16.37

PADDY BARNES HAS been beaten at the Rio Olympics today by Spain’s Samuel Carmona Heredia the men’s light fly (49kg) last 16.

Barnes, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, narrowly lost the first round with two judges voting 10-9 in the Spaniard’s favour.

However, the Belfast native improved in the second round, as he levelled the fight, with the score 19-19 on all three of the judges’ cards.

However, his loss via split decision was confirmed after the third round, with two judges awarding the fight 29-28 against Barnes and one in his favour (28-29).

Barnes looked sluggish and tired quickly, and speaking to RTÉ after the fight, he indicated that fatigue had been a factor in the defeat.

“Even if I had won the fight there, next fight I would have got hammered again, I’ve no energy,” he said.

“Just as well I got beaten because I would be embarrassed next fight.”


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