Paddy Barnes will fight on the same New York card as Michael Conlan at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day.

American promoter Bob Arum confirmed on Tuesday that Conlan will headline the card next March, and he'll have his Olympic team-mate on the undercard at the iconic venue.

Barnes announced, to little surprise, that he was turning pro back in September.

Ireland’s three-time Olympian leaves the amateur ranks to go in search of a world title after the bitter disappointment of failing to win a gold medal.

The 29-year-old won bronze at the Beijing and London Games, but fell short at Rio in the summer, losing to Spain’s Samuel Carmona Heredia in a split decision.

He will make his pro debut in Belfast's Titanic Exhibition Centre next month.

Conlan left Brazil engulfed by huge controversy after his dramatic defeat to Russian Vladamir Nikitin in the bantamweight quarter-final.

Speaking on The Late Late Show, Conlan said: "I'm finished with amateur boxing. I wouldn't waste another four years of my life."

He later signed up with American-based Top Rank promoters, while Barnes signed a management deal with Matthew Macklin's MGM stable.

Both fighters have yet to confirm their opponents.