Kevin Barry (boxer)

Kevin Barry (Boxer)

Kevin Barry (boxer)

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Kevin Michael Joseph Barry (born October 10, 1959 in Christchurch) is a noted New Zealand former boxer, boxing trainer, manager and occasional commentator. He is the son of noted boxing trainer Kevin Barry, Sr.

Amateur career

Kevin Barry's first international success was a bronze medal at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games in the Light Heavyweight division.

Barry gained considerable prominence when he participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles as a contestant in the Light Heavyweight division. He won through to the semi-final, where he faced future four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

In a controversial decision, referee Gligorije Novicic of Yugoslavia disqualified a clearly dominant Holyfield for repeatedly hitting on the break. While Novicic yelled break during a Holyfield flurry of combinations, Barry went down.

As a result Barry was awarded the silver medal, although he was not permitted to contest the gold medal bout against Yugoslav Anton Josipović since he had been technically knocked out. After the games Barry was offered a large sum to fight Holyfield, but wisely declined.

Olympic Results



Professional career

Barry became a professional coach in 1990....
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