Barnes was the star performer in a record haul of five medals for the Irish team. Paulstown middleweight Darren O' Neill lost his final 16-7 to hometown hero Artem Chebotarev. O' Neill waxed philosophical following the defeat; "'I fought in a European final. I'm in the top two in Europe. That's pretty good, isn't it?'. It certainly is, Darren.
Ken Egan, Tyrone McCullagh and Eric Dononvan all lost their semi finals yesterday, but this is still a great time for Irish boxing and should set them up for the Olympics in two years time.