Paddy Barnes Retires From Boxing

Belfast fighter Paddy Barnes is to retire from professional boxing.

The twice Olympic bronze medalist from north Belfast issued a statement on Twitter on Thursday night after "taking some time" to reflect.

"I have loved every minute of boxing, it has been my life for the last 21 years," he said. "I have achieved my dream of becoming an Olympian and getting to carry the Irish flag at the Olympic Games opening ceremony.

"Those moments were the proudest of my career. Professional boxing was never a dream of mine, but I tried and threw myself into the deep end straight away.
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"It didn't work out but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I'd like to thank my family for supporting me throughout my entire career, my wife Mari for keeping my feet firmly on the ground and helping me towards my goals."

Barnes established himself as one of Ireland's most successful amateur boxers throughout his career, which saw him win two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

He went on to thank his parents, boxing coaches, everyone at the Holy Family Boxing Club, his sponsors and promoters MTK.

"And lastly to the fans that supported me, you all made it worth while. Thank you! The Leprechaun."


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