Thursday 18 January 2018

John Joe Nevin wins in Philadelphia in first bout since a large pin was removed from his leg

John Joe Nevin is still undefeated in the pro ranks
John Joe Nevin is still undefeated in the pro ranks

Bernard O'Neill

UNBEATEN John Joe Nevin – minus a four-pound pin in his leg – improved to eight straight wins in his first fight in nine months at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The London 2012 silver medallist earned a 60-54 decision against Jesus Lule, the durable Florida super-feather enduring a torrid six rounds against the ex AIBA World No. 1.

The victory put more distance between Nevin and the horrific assault which left him with two broken legs in April, 2014 near his home of Mullingar.

Nevin, who won on his pro debut on St Patrick’s Day in Boston in 2014, had claimed six straight wins since October of that year with a metal rod in his leg after an operation after the assault.

The pin was removed last January and Friday’s six-rounder was his first outing at full fitness since his pro debut in New England.

“I hit him with some big shots, hit him with everything, I thought he was out in the first round but apparently he was just warming up, said Nevin who has been based  Bucks County, Philadelphia for over a month.

“It was what is needed to get some rounds in the bag, find out what my conditioning is like. This is learning. He tested me but I can get a hell of a lot better. I’ll keep improving.”

Nevin, nicknamed “Son of Ireland”, according to his Irish-American manager Tom Moran who once managed Tim Witherspoon, could have another two fights before the end of the year to improve into double figures.

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