Boxing: Nevin's €60,000 carrot to stay amateur as Taylor plans Rio repeat
On the day Olympic champion Katie Taylor pledged her future to amateur boxing and retaining gold at the Rio Olympics, speculation was mounting that John Joe Nevin might consider a U-turn and do likewise.
When contacted by the Irish Independent, Nevin said that he was "not taking any calls," but it is understood that the Irish Amateur Boxing Association have not given up hope that the London silver-medallist could be retained within their High Performance unit.
Nevin announced his decision to turn professional in a television interview earlier this month, but the Mullingar man has yet to sign a contract with Amir Khan's Super Fight Promotions.
And it has now emerged that his earning potential -- between a reputed annual €60,000 Irish Sports Council grant and involvement in the semi-professional World Series of Boxing -- might more than match what could be on the table from Khan.
Nevin had been hoping to have a final amateur bout in his hometown of Mullingar next month before formalising the switch to the professional ranks. His pro debut has already been pencilled in for the MEN Arena in Manchester on January 19.
One of the curiosities of the move was a decision to remain based in Mullingar, working under the tutelage of his old Cavan club coach, Brian McKeown.
Under current rules, Nevin's ambition to become a three-time Olympian in Rio four years from now would be dashed if he turns pro.
However, AIBA are planning to introduce professional boxing next year and, under their rules, boxers who have fewer than 15 fights would be allowed to revert to amateur status in time to compete in the qualifiers for Rio.
The World Series of Boxing allows amateurs compete for franchised teams under professional rules, including prizemoney, without violating their amateur status.
Last season, Nevin was franchised to Paris United, but the arrangement is due to be refined next year with the launch of the AIBA's Professional Boxing Series.