It has been announced that Armagh lightweight Sean Duffy is to finally make a long-mooted move into the paid game.
The Holy Trinity BC graduate has signed a management deal with Mack The Knife Global with immediate effect.
The 27-year-old brings an end to a successful amateur career in which he won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and silver at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in India.
Duffy attempted to make the team for the 2018 Commonwealths, dropping down in weight and scoring a hugely impressive win over Stevie McKenna but was beaten in the Ulster Elite final by James McGivern.
Afterwards there was plenty of talk regarding the Keady man’s future. A link-up with the British Lionhearts WSB team would come to nothing while a move Down Under was also mooted.
Now Duffy is to finally turn pro and Jamie Conlan, former world title challenger and current Professional Development Coordinator with MTK Global said that “I’m pleased to be bringing a very classy fighter in Sean to the team.”
“As an amateur, Sean has proven himself to be one of the elite fighters in the country and I’ve no doubt his style will suit the professional game and really excite fans.”
“We look forward to guiding his journey, which we believe is destined for major titles.”
Duffy is the fourth new pro of the year after Tyrone feather and new stablemate Callum Bradley, Tallaght super feather Declan Kenna, and Mullingar middleweight John Joyce.
A debut date for the Ulsterman will be confirmed shortly.
Duffy’s move means that the entirety of the Northern Ireland men’s boxing team from the 2014 Commonwealths have turned pro – although Ruairi Dalton would never debut.
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