BRETT MCGINTY has confirmed his move into the professional boxing ranks.
The eight-time Irish champion has inked a pro deal with the Los Angeles-based Sheer Sports Management – the company who manage Jason Quigley.
The Oakleaf ABC man turned 21 earlier this month and will be based in Manchester, where he will train under former multiple world champion Ricky Hatton.
The two-time Irish Elite finalist spent some time with Hatton this summer and has been in Los Angeles for the last week or so with coach Eugene O’Kane from the Oakleaf club in Derry, where the St Johnston native spent his entire amateur career.
McGinty won a European Schoolboy bronze and Commonwealth Youth silver and joins Quigley and the McKenna brothers from Monaghan, Stevie and Aaron in aligning to Sheer.
McGinty has not yet signed up with a promoter, but will hope to get into the ring for a pro debut soon.
His last fight as an amateur was a defeat to Gabriel Dossen in an Elite semi-final in February.
Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years’ experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.