Two-time Olympic medalist Paddy Barnes has introduced his retirement from boxing after 21 years within the game.
The 32-year-old from Belfast received Olympic bronze in Beijing in 2008 and in addition received bronze 4 years later in London.
In doing so, he become simplest the second one Irish athlete to medal at successive Olympic Video games.
Barnes additionally received a gold medal on the 2010 Ecu Championships and silver in 2013.
The sunshine-flyweight claimed gold medals on the Commonwealth Video games in 2010 and 2014.
Barnes did not have the similar luck within the professional ranks however he did win a Ecu identify in June 2017 when he beat Silviu Olteanu in Belfast.
He fought for a global identify in his 6th professional bout however was once stopped within the fourth around via Cristofer Rosales at Windsor Park.
The closing battle for Barnes was once a fourth-round stoppage defeat to Welshman Jay Harris in October of this yr.
Barnes stated “I’ve liked each and every minute of boxing, it’s been my existence for the previous 21 years. I’ve completed my dream of turning into an Olympian and getting to hold the Irish flag on the Olympic Video games opening rite. The ones moments had been the proudest of my occupation.
“Skilled boxing was once by no means a dream of mine however I attempted and threw myself into the deep finish instantly. It did not figure out however I do not need it every other approach.”
Barnes additionally thanked the entire folks that helped him reach such a lot within the game.
“I might love to thank my circle of relatives for supporting me all through my whole occupation, my spouse Mari for preserving my ft firmly at the floor and serving to me in opposition to my targets.
“I need to thank my folks Jimmy Linden, Gerry Storey, Seamy McCann and everybody on the Holy Circle of relatives boxing membership.
“Additionally the HP coaches John Conlan, Zauri Antia, Billy Walsh and Eddie Bolger. I might additionally love to thank my skilled trainer Danny Vaughan who has been nice to me.”