Forget gold, Barnes wants just a point against Zou

Ireland's Paddy Barnes has said he has just one goal in Friday's light flyweight Olympic semi-final against China's reigning champion Zou Shiming -- to score a single point.

The Irishman still remembers the humiliation of losing 15-0 to the 31-year-old world and Olympic champion in the semi-finals at Beijing in 2008.

Having guaranteed himself at least a bronze after Wednesday's 23-18 quarter-final win over India's Devendro Laishram, the 25-year-old says landing one punch on Zou is his goal when the pair meet for a place in Sunday's final.

"Bronze medals are for losers. I am fighting a guy in the next fight who beat me 15-0 in Beijing, so my plan in the next fight is to just score a point," said Belfast-born Barnes who brought home a bronze from Beijing.

"If I can just get that one point, I can go home a happy man.

"He's world champion, Olympic champion and he's world-class."

China's boxing icon Zou, the Asian champion, booked his place in Friday's semi-final with a solid 13-10 victory over Kazakhstan's Birzhan Zhakypov on Wednesday having hammered Cuba's Yosbany Veita 26-4 in the Round of 16.


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