Barnes to box for Italian team

Barnes to box for Italian team

Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes has revealed he's set to box for Italia Thunder in the world series of boxing.

The semi-pro event pits teams from around the world against each other.

Competitors don't wear the headgear and vests seen in amateur competition, and participation in the event doesn't affect Olympic amateur status.

Barnes has won bronze medals for Ireland at the last two Olympic Games in London and Beijing.

Speaking on Twitter, Barnes revealed that most of his training would take place in Belfast.

The tournament begins on the 11 November.


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