Published Saturday, 04 August 2012
Paddy Barnes in red, during his win over Cameroon's Thomas Essomba. (© PA)
The 25-year-old faced Thomas Essomba on Saturday and had a 15-10 win against the Cameroon boxer.
The Beijing Games bronze medallist had victory in all three rounds and when the match was over, he tweeted news of the win to his followers.
"I was itching to get in and I had my chance today, and I won so that's even better," said Barnes, who described his form as a "bit sloppy at times".
"But I still got them going and I caught him a few so I'm happy with that. I don't care if I won with one arm, I got the decision, and that's all that matters.
"Nobody's going to remember you for how well you box, they're always going to remember you for winning the Olympics," he added.
The man who beat him in China, Zou Shiming, could await Barnes in a repeat semi-final, but the Belfast man insisted revenge was not on his mind.
"I'll fight anybody but I don't want to look too far ahead otherwise I could lose my next fight. It's good to ease into the competition and now that my first fight's out of the way I can improve on it."
Meanwhile, Ireland's head boxing coach Billy Walsh said the toughest match is yet to come.
"The next phase is the difficult phase, converting these top eights into middles is the hard part, so we've lots of work to do in the next few days.
"We've got to up our ante again, the stakes are going to be higher."
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