Back in boxing – Paddy Barnes secures a new boxing role

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Paddy Barnes wasn’t out of boxing for too long.

The two time Olympic medal winner and recent world title challenger officially confirmed he was hanging up his gloves last Thursday.

The amateur legend, who was last seen in a pro ring losing to Jay Harris, confirmed he was no longer going to box.

However, less that a week later Barnes has announced a new role within boxing.

The Belfast fly has gone from boxer to Club Development Officer.

Barnes will fill the role for the IABA in Ulster.

A statement released by the IABA they confirmed,

“Paddy has been involved in the sport of boxing for many years as a boxer with Holy Family B.C in Belfast.

He has won numerous Co Antrim, Ulster and All Ireland titles, as well as representing Ireland on the world stage.

“Paddy is a three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016),  2-time Olympic Bronze Medallist (2008 & 2012), WSB Champion (2015), 2-time European Medallist (Gold 2010, Silver 2013) and also 2- time Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist for Northern Ireland (2010 & 2014).

“Paddy is also a level 2 qualified coach and has a wealth of boxing experience.

“He will work closely with IABA affiliated clubs across Ulster to advise and provide guidance in the club setting.”


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