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He is a former Australian boxer best remembered for his 1985 fight against Lester Ellis, where he won the IBF super featherweight title on 12 July. The fight received nationwide television coverage in Australia and Barry went on to defend his title three months later, on 19 October 1985, with a 4th round TKO win over Korean Jin-Shik Choi in the Northern Territory. Choi had a record of 17-1 (15) going into the fight and had won eight straight.
Today, Barry is a boxing analyst in the media and appears on SEN 1116 and writes for the Herald Sun.