Paddy Barnes to make his professional debut next month

The Belfast fighter steps into the ring on November 5th

Paddy Barnes to make his professional debut next month

Paddy Barnes Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary Carr

Three-time Olympian Paddy Barnes is to make his professional debut in Belfast on November 5th.

The 2008 and 2012 bronze medalist will fight against a yet unnamed opponent in the Titanic Exhibition Centre. Barnes' debut will come on the undercard of a night headlined by Jamie Conlan, brother of the World champion Michael.

Barnes announced last month, that he was to join the professional ranks after his shock loss to Spain's Samuel Carmona in the light-flyweight Round of 16 at Rio 2016.

The Belfast event will be promoted by Frank Warren, and will be available to watch in Ireland and Britain on BoxNation. Warren, who has promoted numerous World champions, said he was delighted to be involved in Barnes' opening bout.

"Paddy Barnes is something special and it will be an honour to promote his first professional outing after his illustrious amateur career and three Olympic Games which in itself is an incredible achievement."

Con Sheehan, a former teammate of Barnes is also on the fight card. The Mayo heavyweight is currently 3-0.

Frank Warren also confirmed that he is close to getting Jamie Conlan a World title shot, should the 29-year-old win next month. 

"I am working with Mathew Macklin to get Jamie a Worlds title fight in Belfast next year so he has everything to play for on 5th November."

The next chapter in the career of Paddy Barnes is less than a month away. It's going to be a fascinating journey.