Barnes to box for Italian team

Published Thursday, 01 August 2013
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Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes has revealed he's set to box for Italia Thunder in the world series of boxing.

Barnes to box for Italian team
Paddy Barnes celebrates his victory last summer. (© Getty)

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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