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Nevin poised for pro switch

IRELAND'S medal prospects for the Rio 2016 Olympics have been dented as John Joe Nevin has indicated he will sign a professional contract with Sauerland Promotions in Germany unless his future is secured in the amateur ranks.

BOXING:The 2012 Olympic silver medallist and two-time AIBA World medallist will review an improved contract offer from Sauerland tomorrow.

The Germans offered him a four-year deal before the Olympics.

Nevin declined to discuss any details of that contract or the signing-on fee but it is thought the fee has now been doubled.

If he opts for the professional game the door to Rio 2016 will be closed, as pro boxers are barred from the Olympic Games.

“I’d love to be world champion at professional, it’s one of my dreams. Also, now I’ve got my Olympic medal. I’ve done what I wanted to as an amateur,” said Nevin.

”They want to know would I consider it, I said I would. It is likely that I will probably go down that road if the offer (to remain amateur) is not right.” Nevin, however, would love to go for gold at the Rio Olympics and vowed that if his future is secured in the amateur ranks that he will do the business for Ireland at World and Olympic level.

”I'm still only 23 and I'm getting better. I can win a world title and go back to the Olympics and get to the final.”

Button bidding to get back on track

F1: Jenson Button is convinced he can again scale the heights after suffering another dip in form.

It was a case of what a difference a week makes for Button. After the high of victory in the Belgian Grand Prix, seven days later came the low of a retirement when running second in Italy on Sunday with a fuel issue.

“We’ve had a great stretch and we’ve been the only team that has had a stretch like that,” said Button.

“Every time I jump into the car I know we have a chance of winning the race, and for a racing driver that’s such a good position to be in.”

Cavendish edged out in tour sprint

CYCLING: Mark Cavendish missed out in a sprint finish as Australia’s Leigh Howard claimed victory on the second stage of the Tour of Britain.

The Orica-GreenEdge rider just held off the formidable challenge of Team Sky’s Cavendish, who was led out by Bradley Wiggins and stage one winner Luke Rowe, but did not have enough to win the 180.7km trek from Nottingham to Knowsley Safari Park.

Holland’s Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) took third place and with it the general classification lead.

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