BBC Sport - Paddy Barnes: Twice Olympic bronze medallist opts to turn professional
Twice Olympic medallist Barnes turns pro
- From the section Boxing
Two-time Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes has announced his move from amateur to professional boxing.
The Belfast man will fight at flyweight after struggling at light-flyweight in the Rio Olympics, where he lost to Samuel Carmona in his opening bout.
"It's time to go pro, I've been in the amateurs too long and I want a new challenge," said the 29-year-old, who also won Commonwealth Games and European Championship gold medals.
"My debut will possibly be before Christmas in Belfast. It's my home city so it would be great to begin there."