Paddy Barnes looks set to sign for the Italian team in the upcoming World Series of Boxing.
The two-time Olympic bronze medallist will make his debut in the competition should he sign for Italia Thunder and it would appear to be a done deal for the Belfast boxer.
Announcing the news on his personal Twitter account this evening, Barnes said: “Looks like I'm gonna be an Italia Thunder boxer for the WSB.”
Looks like I'm gonna be an Italia Thunder boxer for the WSB! Been offered off a few teams but Italy is were it's at!!! #TeamItalia— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) July 31, 2013
Barnes’ fellow Olympic team-mate Michael Conlan is also rumoured to be joining the Italian side for the WSB, which starts in November.
Donegal middleweight Willie McLaughlin starred for Italia Thunder in last year's WSB competition.