Paddy Barnes must settle for bronze as Olympic dream ends
It was a case of history repeating itself for the Belfast light-fly as he bowed out of the Beijing Games to the same opponent. This fight was a galaxy removed from that however. In China, Barnes was deemed not to have landed a single scoring punch in a 0-15 defeat. The verdict prompted Barnes into a fit of rage, suggesting the judges needed to be drug-tested.
But he was a different fighter today, landing five scores against the evasive world and Olympic champion in the first round alone, after which Barnes trailed 5-8.
That was the end of Zou's supremacy though and, in a wonderful fight back, Barnes drew the second round 3-3 before launching an all-out assault in a desperate late charge for victory. He almost pulled it off too, being given the third 7-4 which meant it was a 15-15 draw and decided on count-back.
The Chinese was deemed have landed a higher aggregate of punches and was, therefore, deemed the winner.
After the fight Paddy Barnes paid tribute to his opponent and admitted: "The first round cost me the fight.”