Light flyweight Paddy Barnes is out of the 2008 Olympics despite a brave semi final performance against reigning Chinese World champion Shiming Zou today.
Zou, a bronze medal winner at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, earned a 15-0 verdict over the Irish senior champion from the Holy Family club in Belfast, who fought his heart out in front of thousands of Zous supporters at the Workers Indoor Arena.
The Belfast man stalked Zou for most of the fight - but despite his high volume of work, particularly in the first and second rounds, he
frustratingly did not earn a single point.
However, there was no doubting Zous class - the 27 year old is already being tipped to win gold and claim the boxer of the tournament award in Beijing.
And the World champion lived up to his billing today, boxing superbly on the backfoot throughout to lead (2-0,8-0,11-0) at the end of the first three rounds before adding another four points to his tally in the fourth.
Barnes expressed his disappointment after the fight, but the Irish senior champion man can be proud of his performances in Beijing and will be bringing home a bronze medal from the 29th Olympiad.