Paddy Barnes has announced his retirement from boxing. Two-time Olympic bronze medallist Barnes has called time on his professional career after suffering three defeats in his last four fights. The 32-year-old from Belfast fought nine times as a professional, winning six, and winning the WBO Inter-Continental flyweight title and the WBO European flyweight title, both in 2017. Barnes had a distinguished career as an amateur, representing Ireland at three Olympics, and winning medals at light-flyweight in Beijing and London. He won gold at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games while competing for Northern Ireland, and won the 2010 European Championships. Barnes said in a statement: "I have loved every minute of boxing - it has been my life for the last 21 years. "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 … [Read more...] about Paddy Barnes retires from boxing saying: ‘I have loved every minute of it’
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Nobody could ever accuse Brits of being overly reverential towards those already in or aspiring to be in power: a generalisation neatly demonstrated in the key moments of the UK general election in the past seven days. I'm talking about a studio audience laughing at both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn during the first televised debate of the election. Not in a "that was funny" kind of way, but a "you sound ridiculous/totally unbelievable" kind of way. And what provoked such derisive laughter? It was the moment Mr Johnson replied "yes" when asked whether he thought telling the truth was important; and when Mr Corbyn claimed his Labour Party's Brexit policy was clear and that a four-day week for workers could be achieved by higher productivity. I pick this episode out because the audience reaction almost certainly reflected a wider and uncomfortable truth about this election: namely that it's less about who would be the most popular leader and/or party but who is the least unpopular. … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Moments of ridicule in UK’s unusual battle
On this darkest of days, let us pause to consider the fact that had the nation not voted for Brexit, David Cameron would be considered a skilled statesman coasting gently towards the end of his third term as Prime Minister. Austerity would have, for electoral purposes, been cancelled, Theresa May would be on the backbenches after being sacked over the Windrush scandal, and we'd be facing a Tory leadership campaign in which Boris Johnson seemed like a reasonable choice. Sorry if that just made your Brexit Day a little darker. But if Leavers feel sad that they can't celebrate today, then Remainers are equally unable to really find the fun in almost three years of epic cockaboutery. While Project Fear was derided before the referendum, the nation has now arrived at the point where a plague of frogs would be light relief from the omni-catastro-disaster-flump we find ourselves in. A nation where the architect of Windrush has been able to destroy our relationships with foreigners of all … [Read more...] about So, this is Brexit Day. And what have we done?
Carl Frampton has inflicted a first-ever defeat on American Tyler McCreary and now hopes for a shot at the world super featherweight title. The Jackal made light work of McCreary in a unanimous decision, with all three judges marking it 100-88. McCreary went down twice in the fight in Las Vegas, from a body shot in round six and from hooks to the body in the ninth. Northern Irishman Frampton has previously held world titles at super-bantamweight and featherweight. The 32-year-old's victory over McCreary should earn him a shot at world champion Jamel Herring for the title in either Belfast or New York, as he bids to become Ireland's first-ever three-weight world champion. Frampton revealed that he had re-fractured his hand in sparring, so may need some time off to recover before chasing that historic third world title. Meanwhile, Alexander Besputin took three scores of 116-112 to land the vacant WBA Welterweight world title against fellow Russian Radzhab Butaev at the Casino de … [Read more...] about Carl Frampton inflicts first defeat on Tyler McCreary and hopes for world title shot