Paddy Barnes signs with MGM as he begins life as a professional boxer
Published 19/09/2016 | 12:00
Two-time Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes has signed his first professional contract with the Matthew Macklin's MGM management company.
A medallist for Ireland at Beijing eight years ago and at London 2012, Barnes was the flagbearer at the Rio Games last month but was a shock loser in his first bout.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time as an amateur and my achievements are something I am very proud of. Representing Ireland has always been my ambition and now I hope to emulate that success as a professional," he said.
“After the Olympics there was many offers on the table but being part of Team MGM was the natural choice and one I’m delighted with.
"I honestly believe I have the ideal team to guide me to world title opportunities."
MGM said: “Paddy is a special talent.
"To represent your country with such distinction is a reflection of the ability he possesses. We anticipate Paddy will feature prominently on the world stage and we look forward to many great nights for Irish boxing moving forward”.
Barnes revealed last week that his pro debut will be in his native Belfast sometime before Christmas.
“My debut will possibly be before Christmas in Belfast. It’s my home city so it would be great to begin my career there,” said Barnes.
“I’m going to start off at a flyweight, hopefully move through the weights and probably end up bantamweight at the end of my career."