Ireland won a trio of medals at the 2008 Games. Ken Egan won a silver. The Clondalkin boxer defeated Julius Jackson from the Virgin Islands in the round of 32. He went on to defeat Turkey’s Bahram Muzaffer in the round of 16. Next up he took out Brazil’s Washington Silva in the quarters. With a bronze medal secured, Egan beat Tony Jeffries, of Great Britain, to make the final. In that last bout, he lost out on gold to China’s Xiaoping Zhang.


Sutherland’s route to bronze encompassed a first-round bye, followed by victories over Nabil Kassel of Algeria and Alfonso Blanco of Venezuela. Sutherland lost his semi-final bout to Britain’s James DeGale, securing a bronze medal.


Paddy Barnes won bronze in Beijing. He received a bye in the round of 32, followed by wins over José Luis Meza of Ecuador and Lukasz Maszczyk of Poland. Barnes lost his semi-final bout to Zou Shiming of China.

Written by: Tadhg Peavoy
Edited by: Tom Hunt