Storey: Paddy Barnes respects no one in the ring can win today
THE Grandfather of Irish boxing and fight game sage, Gerry Storey believes record breaking boxer Paddy Barnes can upset the odds and beat three time world champion Shimming Zou today.
Barnes faces the fighter who ended his Olympic journey at the same stage four years aog in London this afternoon with via a 15-0 score line, but the Belfast fighters coach is adamant the previous reverse won’t play on the mind of the fiery.
Indeed according to Story the reigning Olympic Champion won’t even have Barnes respect once the bell goes in the ExCel Arena ring today.
Former Olympic coach and current Ireland ladies team coach also laughed of suggestions Barnes would be happy to score a single shot today, revealing the Belfast Boy hates to loose.
“Zou beat Paddy in the last Games but the great thing about Paddy is he doesn’t respect anyone, and I don’t mean that in a bad way out side the ring he is the nicest of lads, but in the ring he fears no one.“I’m confident he can do it and go all the way,” said Storey.
“If he gets gold it would be the icing on the cake for everyone concerned. He is living the Olympic dream.”
“When people hear he lost his first 13 fights, that is true, but he lost them because at 13 years of age he would fight anyone. He would get in against giants or older lads, no problem. He still has that attitude and he didn’t go the Olympics to win Bronze he enters every tournament to win.”
Storey, who was TV3 breakfast show Ireland AM with Irish-Boxing.com editor Gerry Storey today, has been trying to get Barnes to jab more in recent bouts and he believes it could be key in todays clash.
“Tactics will be important today. Paddy will have to jab his way in and then stay on Zou.”