Paddy Barnes (25) is from Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Barnes represented Ireland in the light-flyweight division at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, where he won a bronze medal.

Barnes fights for the Holy Family ABC in Belfast and won a trio of Ulster titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He also competed in the national finals in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He faced Jimmy Moore in all three finals, winning in 2007 and 2008.

At the World Championships in Chicago in 2007, Barnes missed out on a bronze medal after he was defeated by China's Zou Shiming in the quarter finals.

Zou went on to win the gold medal. However, Barnes qualified for the 2008 Olympics by virtue of getting to the quarter-finals.

Barnes won Ireland's first medal of the 2008 Beijing Games by winning his quarter-final bout in the light flyweight division.

Barnes won a bronze medal after he was again defeated by Zou, this time in the semi-final.

On 12 June 2010, Barnes won the gold medal in the light-flyweight division at the 2010 European Amateur Boxing Championships.

Barnes, a 4–1 winner over Azerbijan's Elvin Mamishzade, was 1–0 up at the end of the first round, 3–1 ahead at the end of the second and sealed the victory with a final point in the third for 4–1.

First in Olympic action on 31 July in the round of 32. Session start time is 1.30pm or 8.30pm.