BOxING: John Joe Joyce has flown out to the United States to join Irish team-mate Ken Egan's Miami side in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).
The Irish senior champion has signed a one-year contract with the Florida side in the Americas WSB group and is looking forward to getting into the ring.
He could get an opportunity as early as next Thursday when Miami face Los Angeles away in the four-team group.
Egan will line out against LA and Joyce could be selected by Miami's Irish-American coach, Pat Burns.
The St Michael's Athy welterweight, a 2008 Beijing Olympian and European bronze medallist, will be aiming for his fifth Irish senior title at the National Stadium in Dublin next month.
Joyce is the second Irish boxer to be head-hunted by WSB sides in the past five days as Belfast middleweight Eamon O'Kane teamed up with Milan in the WSB European group last Friday.