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Francie Barrett

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Francie Barrett
Real nameFrancis Barrett
Weight(s)light middleweight
Born (1977-02-07) 7 February 1977 (age 43)
Galway, Ireland
Boxing record
Total fights20
No contests0

Francis Barrett (born 7 February 1977), commonly known as Francie Barrett, is a retired Irish professional boxer, who represented Ireland at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.


He was introduced to boxing by trainer, mentor and former boxer Chick Gillen.

Amateur career

Barrett had in excess of 250 bouts as an amateur fighter and represented Ireland internationally. He won Irish titles at both junior and senior level and also won the British welterweight title in 1997, beating Tony Sesay and Michael Jennings on his way to winning the title.[1]

The highlight of Barrett's career came when he was the youngest member of the Irish team at the 1996 Olympic Games and carried the Irish flag during the opening ceremony. During the Olympics, Barrett competed in the light welterweight division.

For this, he gained global media attention and became a national hero.[1]

His results were:

  • Defeated Zely Fereria Dos Santos (Brazil) 32–7
  • Lost to Fethi Missaoui (Tunisia) 6–18

Professional career

Barrett turned professional in August 2000 and fought at light welterweight, out of Wembley, London. Barrett won the British Southern Area Title and in June 2004 won the European (EU) Title.

Outside the ring

In March 1999, Barrett was ejected from a Galway nightclub due to his Traveller heritage.[2]

At an earlier date, Barrett and his wife, Kathleen, were denied entry to a Salthill nightclub called Liquid. Barrett filed a lawsuit for the ejection.[3]

The documentary, Southpaw: The Francis Barrett Story, won the Audience Prize at the 1999 New York Irish Film Festival. It followed Barrett for three years and showed him overcoming discrimination as he progressed up the amateur boxing ranks to eventually carry the Irish flag and box for Ireland at the age of 19 during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Preceded by
EBU-EU (European Union) light welterweight title light welterweight title ~ Champion
2 July 2004 – 12 December 2004
Succeeded by


  1. ^ a b Claire Bland. "Francie frustrated". Boxrec Fighter Page. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  2. ^ Burke, Mary. "The fight for justice: The Barrett family of Galway". The Imperial Archive Project. Queen's University Belfast. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  3. ^ Murphy, Judy (10 March 1998). "Club KO's night on the town". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2020.

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