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Paddy Barnes reveals intention to go pro for 'right offer'

Updated: Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 11:57 | Comments

Paddy Barnes wants to further his career by going pro.
Paddy Barnes wants to further his career by going pro.

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Paddy Barnes has revealed that will go to the professional ranks once the right offer comes in.

Barnes, a medallist at both the Beijing and London Olympics, outlined his plans in an an interview with RTÉ Sport

He said: The idea of turning professional has crossed my mind and I've had a few offers 

"I watch may friend Carl Frampton fight in front of 9,000 people and then there's Paddy Barnes watched by 100 people. I'd rather fight in front of big crowds - in a type of atmosphere that can drive you on.

"I want to showcase my skills to a wider audience and to turn professional is the best way to try and achieve that."

When asked whether he would go pro if a contract was offered to him, "100 per cent" was Barnes' reply. 

While accepting and being grateful to the support of the Irish Sports Council and the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, the 26-year-old feels his now ready to make the step up.

"I want my career to develop. Boxing is my job and I want to try and make as much money as I can out of it."

"I am well-funded from the Irish Sports Council which is good. Nothing, however, is guaranteed. At the end of every year you funding is reviewed and it could be cut. I have to look at the long-term."

"Two Olympic and two European medals does give you a profile. Yet I feel the Irish Amateur Boxing Association could be doing more to promote the sport.

"I don't know whether it's a funding issue - in that the Sport Council aren't giving Irish boxing enough money - but wouldn't it be great to let the wider public know when our bouts are on, who the boxers are and the type of training we do."

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