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John Joe Nevin: 'I had a drink with man who broke both my legs and we shook hands'

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Olympic boxing medallist John Joe Nevin , recuperating at home in Mullingar  after both of his legs were broken in an attack

Olympic boxing medallist John Joe Nevin , recuperating at home in Mullingar after both of his legs were broken in an attack

Olympic boxing medallist John Joe Nevin , recuperating at home in Mullingar after both of his legs were broken in an attack

OLYMPIC boxing hero John Joe Nevin has shared a drink with the man who broke both his legs and revealed they have put the incident behind them.

In April, the super featherweight suffered from two broken legs following a fight outside an address in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

At the time, scans on the 24-year-old father-of-one’s injuries showed that his left leg had been fractured just above his ankle.

He also sustained two breaks  to his right leg after he was beaten with a golf club.

Following the incident the boxer’s cousin, also named John Joe (JJ) Nevin, said that he was involved in a fracas and claimed that he was defending himself and his family when his cousin became involved.

Tensions boiled over as the Irish Olympic silver medal winner tried to end a dispute between his namesake and his uncle, JJ’s father.

The boxer was left in a wheelchair for months after the incident, but now he has spoken about how the pair of men have put it behind them.

“We have shook hands, enjoyed a drink and just put what happened behind us. I’m back on speaking terms with him and I know the incident never should have happened,” he said.

“I’m just getting on with my life and I’ve forgiven the person who attacked me.

 “It was difficult for me when I was in a wheelchair but the only thing I’m doing now is looking forward.

“I’ve had great support these last eight months and don’t even think about what happened to me,” he told the Irish Sun.

Gardai investigated the incident but the DPP ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence to bring a case.

John Joe, who went pro after the Olympic Games, returned to the boxing ring with a bang after he recovered from his injures.

In November, it took just 88 seconds for him to knock out England’s Jack Heath, in his first pro fight in Ireland at the then O2 arena.

The fight was his second since he recovered. He now has three straight wins since turning professional and remains undefeated.

In his first fight, in October, he knocked out North Carolina’s Calvin Stifford in 86 seconds at the Ring of Dreams Gym in North Carolina.

John Joe has said that his goal for this year is to prepare himself towards a world title in 2016.

“I can’t wait to get going again in 2015. I will have a few fights in the New Year and I’m just dreaming of becoming world champion in 2016,” he said.

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