Mayo welterweight Henry Coyle is set to turn professional with offers on the table from England, Australia and the USA.
The 23-year-old, who beat James Moore for the Irish senior title in December 2003, is to make his final appearance as an amateur in a tournament at his hometown boxing club in Geesala, near Ballina, this weekend.
After striking gold at the World Military Games in South Africa last July, Coyle's interest in turning pro hit a peak as he was invited to spend time with IBF and WBA light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton in Manchester, train with Las Vegas-based three-time world champion Mick McCallum and live and spar with unbeaten Derry prospect John Duddy in New York.
While there has been a lucrative offer from Melbourne for his services, Coyle could well be on his way to joining Duddy and his Irish Ropes stablemate Moore in the Big Apple.
Coyle said: "I've had an offer to fight at Madison Square Garden on March 16 and there's a few more like that, but making the correct decision now will mean a lot later on.
"Pro boxing is a dirty, mean game. It's all about management, it's a ruthless game and the education I got from the trip to America was something that will stay with me forever.
Speaking to the Western People, he added: "It's a business and I'm determined to make a good living from it but I also firmly believe that I will be world champion. Boxing has been good to me but I've also been very good to boxing. I've sacrificed a lot for it and been very dedicated."