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Conlan, who won bronze at 52kg at the London Games, will compete at 54kg in the WSB if he is signed for the new season, which begins in November.

Conlan, who won bronze at 52kg at the London Games, will compete at 54kg in the WSB if he is signed for the new season, which begins in November.

Conlan, who won bronze at 52kg at the London Games, will compete at 54kg in the WSB if he is signed for the new season, which begins in November.

OLYMPIC bronze medallist Michael Conlan will be the one of the main targets at the World Series of Boxing (WSB) international draft in Switzerland on Sunday.

The Belfast flyweight, who is ranked No 3 in the world, is one of nine Irish boxers available for selection.

The various Asian, Americas and European squads will fill their team quotas by bidding for 100 boxers, 24 hours after Saturday's draw.

Conlan, who won bronze at 52kg at the London Games, will compete at 54kg in the WSB if he is signed for the new season, which begins in November.

The St Michael's Athy trio of European bronze medallists Eric Donovan and John Joe Joyce and 2007 EU champion Roy Sheehan are also in the mix.

Teams from Azerbaijan, Argentina, China, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA will compete in the 2012-13 season. WSB boxers, who are selected from the amateur code, fight without headgear or vests to professional rules. They are paid a salary and receive win bonuses.

Crucially, however, they retain their Olympic status as they are not considered professionals.

The WSB is run under the auspices of the World Amateur Boxing Association, which will move fully into professional boxing next year when they introduce AIBA Professional Boxing (APB).

Irish boxers iN wsb DRAFT

54kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco), Tyrone McCullagh (Holy Family), Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)

61kg: Eric Donovan (St Michael's Athy)

73kg: Conrad Cummings (Holy Trinity), Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy), John Joe Joyce (St Michael's Athy), Jason Quigley (Finn Valley)

91+kg: Sean Turner (Drimnagh)

Irish Independent