Paddy Barnes will answer an opening bell for the first time at the 2012 Olympics this afternoon.
Paddy Barnes (red) in action
Paddy Barnes will be between the ropes at approximately 2pm today for his first contest at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Belfast light-flyweight, who received a bye into the last-16, is in against Thomas Essomba of the Cameroon at the ExCel.
If the 2010 European champion, a bronze medal winner at the last Olympics, beats the African on Saturday afternoon then he will advance to within one win of becoming the first boxer in the 101-year history of the IABA to win two medals at the Olympic Games.
|Meanwhile, Russian welterweight Andrey Zamkovoy, who saw off the gallant challenge of Wexford’s Adam Nolan last night, will now face Errol Spence of the USA and not Krishan Vikas of India in the quarter-finals.Vikas was adjudged to have beaten Spence last night, but AIBA overturned the result following a protest by the USA.
Today’s AIBA statement read:
|After reviewing the video of Bout #142 involving Welterweights (69kg) Krishan Vikas (India) and Errol Spence (USA), the Competition Jury found the following:- There were a total of nine (9) holding fouls committed by the Indian boxer in the third round alone. However the Referee only gave one caution;
- In the second round, at the time 02:38, the boxer from India spitted out his gumshield intentionally. However the Referee didn’t give any warning
Based on these findings, the Competition Jury Members unanimously decided the following:
- Decision #1: Based on the AIBA Technical & Competition Rules 12.1.9, the Referee should have given at least two (2) warnings to the Indian boxer;
- Decision #2: Although the boxer from India intentionally spitted out his gumshield, the Referee’s view was blocked by the boxer from the USA and was not able to see the action;
- Final Decision: Based on Decision #1, at least four (4) points should have been awarded to the boxer from the USA. Therefore the final score should be 13:15 in favour of the USA. The protest is accepted and the winner of Bout #142 is Errol Spence (USA).