Sunday 17 December 2017

'I'm looking forward to a big dirty Chinese' - Paddy Barnes' cheat meal has been a long time coming

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

It appears that Paddy Barnes has reached the stage of grief commonly known as 'craving a massive takeaway'.

The Irish boxer suffered a shock defeat in the round of 16 to Spanish fighter Samuel Carmona Heredia in their flyweight fight yesterday. Barnes had been tipped as a possible gold medalist after securing bronze at both the 2008 and 2012 games but the weight cut to 49kg sapped the 29-year-old of his energy and he was beaten in a tight split decision in his opening bout in Rio de Janeiro.

It was no doubt devastating for Barnes to exit the Olympics at such an early juncture but in fairness to the two-time bronze medalist, he has put on a brave face in his subsequent interviews.

He has been very forthright about his disappointing performance but in a candid discussion on The Ray D'Arcy Show this afternoon on RTE Radio One, some of Barnes' trademark humour crept back in.

Asked by D'Arcy if he had treated himself to a cheat meal since his loss, Barnes said he was going to wait until he returned home at the end of the games.

"I tried to but the food over here is disgusting," Barnes said.

"I'm looking forward to a big dirty Chinese when I get home."

Barnes also spoke about his future, but again refused to reveal whether he will remain an amateur or turn pro.

"I will sit down with may family and discuss my future," Barnes said.

"It is not going to be the last of Paddy Barnes. I've been talking to a few people already [about turning professional]."

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