Paddy Barnes has heavily criticised at the AIBA’s decision to remove headgear in amateur boxing after he suffered a knee to the head in his quarter-final defeat at the World Championships in Kazakhstan today.
The double Olympic bronze medallist was edged out in an ill-tempered bout against Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov where he seemed out of sorts after a nasty clash in the opening round.
Latipov won the fight 28-29, 27-30, 28-29 and a furious Barnes refused to speak to the media following the result but did take to twitter.
“That’s it all over,” Barnes tweeted. “Was out on my feet in the 1st round and didn’t recover, blurred vision for 3 rds with head clashes! F**k your no headgear!”
He went on to criticise the decision of Aiba doctor, Ching-Kuo Wu, to abandon headgear for these championships.
“Fighting with no headgear is good, but to fight 6 times in 10 days without it is impossible, Dr Wu doesn’t care he isn’t the one fighting.”
Ireland coach Billy Walsh claimed afterwards that Latipov “drove his knee” into Barnes’s forehead after the Irishman went to ground.
Barnes was assessed after the fight for possible concussion.
It was a mixed day of fortunes for Irish fighters. Jason Quigley won his bout to progress to the semi-finals this morning and he was joined by light-heavyweight Joe Ward who stopped his opponent in the first round this afternoon, but there were defeats for Michael Conlan and Tommy McCarthy as well as Barnes.