Kevin Barry
Personal information
Birth nameKevin Michael Joseph Barry
NationalityNew Zealander
Born (1959-10-10) 10 October 1959 (age 62)
Christchurch, New Zealand
OccupationBoxing manager and coach
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Tanya Moss
RelativesKevin Barry Sr. (father)
Taylor Barry (son)
Websitewww.teambarryboxing.com

Kevin Michael Joseph Barry (born 10 October 1959, in Christchurch) is a 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.[1][2]

Barry was the first boxer in 56 years to win a medal at the Olympic Games for New Zealand.

Olympic results

Professional career

Barry became a professional coach in 1990. He remains active in boxing as a trainer and manager.

Training career

Barry remained involved in boxing and became a trainer. After New Zealand Heavyweight David Tua won bronze at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Barry helped persuade him to turn professional, managing Tua from 1992–2003 and acting as his trainer from 2001–3.

Under Barry's management Tua became a contender, unsuccessfully challenging heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in 2000. In addition Barry has a number of up and coming boxers under his guidance. He also trains prominent businessmen, Las Vegas club owners, and Wall Street businessmen.

Personal life

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Barry is married to former New Zealand Olympic gymnast Tanya Moss.[3] They have three children together (daughter Jordy, and twin sons Taylor and Mitchell). They reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A frequent commentator on New Zealand boxing broadcasts, and is a prominent member of the New Zealand boxing community, Barry has been active in nearly all facets of boxing – from Olympic athlete to trainer, manager, promoter and television commentator.

Notable boxers trained

References

  1. ^ Profile for Kevin Barry at the New Zealand Olympic Committee official website[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ AP (12 August 1984). "Holyfield loses appeal, but gains bronze". Boca Raton News. p. 4D. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Tanya Moss-Barry rolls with the punches as boxing dominates former gymnast's life". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 19 May 2017.