Drained Paddy Barnes exits Olympic Games after split decision loss

Paddy Barnes has been beaten by Spaniard light flyweight Samuel Carmona Heredia via split decision in the last 16 of the Rio Olympic Games today.

Heredia started the fight rapidly despite enduring a couple of body shots. The Spaniard impressed the judges with clean punches as the pair stood toe to toe.

Barnes, who was Ireland’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony, looked tired at the end of the first but he came out firing in round two.

However, Heredia had success with a dangerous left hook that kept landing following ferocious exchanges between the combatants who went to war. A solid right hand caught Barnes clean to the head at the end of the round as the Irishman held his hands low.

The two time Olympic bronze medalist led the Irish team by example in the third and came out to pummell his opponent with combinations despite having limited energy.

But it wasn’t enough to sway the judges who edged the decision to Heredia in what was a tight contest worthy of being a finale.

Popular Barnes was aiming to become the first Irish boxer to win a medal at three Olympic Games but the Belfast man is now expected to turn his skills to the professional ranks.

Barnes admitted afterwards that he shouldn’t have been competing at light flyweight as he was exhausted early on in the fight.

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