Angry Barnes calls ranking system ‘a joke’
By Jonny Stapleton
BELFAST flyweight Paddy Barnes reacted angrily after he inexplicably fell from six place in the world to an off the radar 33rd.
The Beijing Bronze medallist labelled the AIBA ranking system a joke upon hearing he dropped 27 places within a month- and in a month where there was no competition to be graded on.
The rankings are inexplicable, but Barnes isn’t just confused he is angry especially considering it could make his chances of claiming a consecutive Olympic a little harder.
The popular Irish champion will most likely be un ranked and unseeded boxer in London 2012 and could meet the world number 1 as early as the first round, although that too is shrouded in confusion.
“I’ve gone from sixth in the world to being totally off the radar. It’s a joke, if you ask me, because there have been no tournaments this year that you can get ranked from,” said Barnes.
“After Trabzon (Olympic qualifying tournament) I actually moved up one place, but now I’ve gone from sixth to not being ranked at all in the World. There are other people in the top 10 who have moved up, so how do you explain that? I tweeted the World Boxing organisation (AIBA), but who am I? I’m nobody to them. They’ll just brush me to the side and tell me to shut-up.
“I could have to fight the world champion in the first fight. I’m confident that I can beat anybody, but it’s just making my job harder. I just want to put out the fact that the rankings that have come out are unfair and stupid.”