The scales beat Irish legend Paddy Barnes - Jimmy Moore
IRISH boxing was poised to hail Paddy Barnes’ march to within one win of a historic third Olympic medal on Monday, but ended up writing an obituary to a legendary light-flyweight.
Barnes bowed out of the Olympics on a split decision to Madrid orthodox Samuel Carmona after a 49kg war of attrition in Rio. The Irish captain admitted after the loss to the Spaniard he has no future as a light-fly, but the last Irishman to beat him stressed he has a glorious past in the lightest of the Olympic weights.
Limerick’s Jimmy Moore, who boxes out of the St Francis' BC, beat Barnes in the 2006 Irish Elite finals. That was the last time the Belfast dynamo lost at the National Elites. Moore was disappointed to see his rival and friend exit at the last-16 stage, but believes he’s still the envy of international boxing.
“I still think he could have got the decision against the Spanish lad. The last 30 seconds cost him today,’’ said Moore.
“Losing the last two pounds to make that weight. It sounds easy, but the last two pounds are the killer, that’s muscle coming off you. That’s what cost Paddy. He said it himself. I don’t know how he actually kept going and throwing punches. His legs were so tired from making weight. Unless you’ve done it, you don’t know what it’s like.
“I’ve left it late to make weight and, after the first round, your legs are like lead. It’s just impossible. When you miss with a shot, it takes so much energy out of you, it kills you. I felt that, if it was an afternoon fight instead of the morning one, that Paddy would have have got his energy back up from the early weigh-in.
“I’m disappointed for Paddy as I was hoping that he’d bring home a third Olympic medal. There’s a lot of strong young boxers in the division now and they work so hard in each fight. Paddy is still the best Irish light-flyweight we’ve ever had, by a mile.
"He’s won Olympic, European and Commonwealth medals. Anyone of us would be proud to have won even one of those medals.”