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John Joe Nevin set for New York bout as Dennis Hogan gets shot at WBA interim title

Sean McGoldrick

Published 21/08/2015 | 17:39

John Joe Nevin
John Joe Nevin

London Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin returns to the ring after a nine month absence next Tuesday. The Mullingar native is due to box on an outdoor show in Coney Island, New York.

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Since stopping rookie English fighter Jack Heath 88 seconds into their scheduled six round bout in Dublin’s 3Arena last November, Nevin has been idle.

He now meets 22 year Mexican southpaw, Victor Paul Capaceta, who made his professional debut as a 15 year old. However, he too has been idle in 2015 – his last fight was in August 2014.

Now based in California, he has had a chequered record in the professional ranks winning only four of his fourteen bouts – he drew three and lost the other seven.

However, he has never been knocked out and will present an interesting challenge for a ring rusty Nevin, who has been training in Philadelphia under the watchful eye of his new manager Cameron Dunkin.

The contest takes place in the MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn. It will only be Nevin’s fourth fight since he made his professional debut on St Patrick’s night in 2014 in the US.

Even allowing for the fact that his career was temporarily thrown off course when he sustained two broken legs in an attack in his native Mullingar, his absence from the ring in 2015 is difficult to fathom.

Interestingly England’s Luke Campbell, who beat Nevin in the 2012 bantamweight Olympic final, recently won his twelfth professional fight on the spin to secure the WBC International lightweight title.

Meanwhile, Kildare native Dennis Hogan will challenge for the interim WBA super welterweight title in Berlin on September 26.

Thirty year old Hogan only started to box professionally four years ago while living in Australia.

He remains unbeaten with seven of his 22 wins achieved by knock-out Hogan faces unbeaten Jack Culcay who was born in Ecuador but now resides in Germany.

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