David Barnes

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David Barnes
Real name David Barnes
Rated at Light welterweight
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Birth date 16 January 1981
Birth place Manchester, England
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 26
Wins 24
Wins by KO 11
Losses 1
Draws 1

David Barnes is a British professional boxer from Manchester in England who competes in the light welterweight division. He is the current holder of the British Light welterweight title. [1]

 Early Career

Barnes made his professional debut in July 2001 when at the Velodrome in Manchester he stopped Trevor Smith in the 2nd round of their 4 round match. After compiling an undefeated ledger of 12-0 he was just two years later in July 2003 given the opportunity to fight for the vacant British Welterweight title against the experienced Jimmy Vincent. Barnes claimed victory with an extremely narrow score of 115-114 from the referee John Keane in what was described by commentators as "an excellent match from start to finish".[2]

 British Champion

Now the full British champion and still relatively inexperienced with a record of 13-0 Barnes set about defending his title and trying to claim the Lonsdale belt outright. He re-entered the ring in December 2003 to defend for the first time against Scotsman Kevin McIntyre at the MEN Arena in Manchester winning when the fight was stopped after the 8th round. He followed up the win with further defences against Northern Ireland's Glenn McClarnon and England's James Hare which gave him the belt for keeps. Speaking before the fight with Hare which ended in a 6th round stoppage, Barnes spoke of his ambitions saying "Winning the British title last year was my dream since I started boxing as an amateur and the other one was to win it outright. I'm close to achieving that now with only one more obstacle to overcome. I've got future ambitions but I'm not looking at them until I've got Hare out of the way". [3][4]

 Losing Ground

Barnes kept busy after the win over Hare with a victory over future European title challenger Juho Tolppola from Finland before meeting the Glossop based Namibian Ali Nuumbembe for the WBO Inter-continental Welterweight title. The fight was very close and ended up with the match being declared a draw. It was the first time in his professional career that Barnes had not won and worrying in that his opponent had only been given the fight at four days notice.[5] Speaking after the fight Barnes said of the result "It is unbelievable, I was well ahead. I don't know how many times I hit him but he was wobbling all over the place". Nuumbembe also criticised the result saying "I thought I won it...I handled his southpaw style and I boxed well".[6]

If the Nuumbembe fight was a disappointment his next fight in June 2005 was a disaster. Stepping into the ring with Ghana's Commonwealth champion Joshua Okine again at the MEN Arena, Barnes was put down in the 5th round and stopped in the 12th, it was his first career defeat. [7] To make matters worse in choosing to fight Okine, Barnes had not allowed himself enough time to defend his British title and so had to give it up. Fellow Manchester fighter Michael Jennings ended up picking it up with a win over Barnes old foe Jimmy Vincent.[8]

 Winning Ways

Barnes fought five times over the next two years competing against a host of journeymen. Finally in March 2008 he was given the opportunity to fight for a championship again. This time the belt on the line was the British light welterweight version. The opponent at the George Carnall Center in Davyhulme was former European champion Ted Bami and Barnes ran out a comfortable points winner becoming the first man to have held the British title at Welter and Light welterweight. [9] In July 2008 he defended the title for the first time against former champion Barry Morrison from Scotland again winning on points over 12. After the fight Barnes claimed he was nursing an injury saying "I had an injured rib going into the fight so I had to beat him by using my boxing ability".[10]

Next up for Barnes is a fight in November against mandatory challenger and former British and European champion Colin Lynes.