Wednesday 22 October 2014

London 2012: Irish boxer John Joe Nevin wins every round in opening bout

Published 28/07/2012 | 18:01

Irish boxer John Joe (red) wins every round in opening bout with Danish bantam weight. Photo: Getty Images
Irish boxer John Joe Nevin

JOHN Joe Nevin got Ireland's Olympic boxers off to a flying start in the Excel Arena today with a commanding 21-6 victory over Danish bantamweight, Dennis Ceylan.

The Cavan BC boxer won every round against an out-smarted opponent who graciously admitted afterwards 'He was the better man, what can I say?"

For Nevin, a Beijing Olympian, it was a perfect start to the 'Games and he felt comfortable enough to toy with his opponent in the third round, a 13-4 lead already accumulated. With a huge Irish following in the arena, Nevin won the rounds on scores of 5-2, 8-2 and 8-2.

"The reaction of the crowd was amazing" said Nevin. "I was really hurting him with body shots in the second round and the crowd seemed to be reacting to every one. It's great to have a win on the board now. But this is only one fight. I've got to keep the head down and stay focused."

Nevin's next opponent will be Kanat Abutalipov of Kazakstan on Wednesday afternoon, an opponent he has previously beaten. "He's improved a lot since I last fought him" said Nevin. "He hits hard, so I'm not looking forward to feeling his punches.

"But I've improved too. I'm a totally different boxer to the one that went to Beijing."

Head coach, Billy Walsh, expressed delight with Nevin's victory but reined in any brewing hysteria with a flat observation that the performance had been "average".

Meanwhile, Kilkenny boxer Darren O'Neill beat his Nigerian opponent

Mudeen Akanji by 15-6 to advance to the final 16 this afternoon.

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