Sunday 17 December 2017

Eamonn Sweeney: Nevin's hasty exit

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Eamonn Sweeney

What a pity that one of the great careers in modern Irish sport, John Joe Nevin's in amateur boxing, ended on an unsatisfactory note last week with the news that he won't be competing in the World Championships in Almaty next month.

It's unsatisfactory because there seems no good reason for Nevin not to have hung around for the championships before turning pro given that he's the world number one and had a great chance of becoming the first Irish boxer to win a World Championship gold medal.

He was apparently to have signed a pro contract at the Tyson Fury-David Haye fight but with that now having been postponed, there seems no reason why Nevin couldn't have represented his country one more time in Kazakhstan.

It's also unfortunate that he took so long before making his decision that Ireland are left without a bantamweight at the championships, Monaghan fighter Gary McKenna being entered too late to qualify.

Everyone will be wishing him the best of luck in the professional game where he certainly has the talent to make a major impact. You just hope that in the future he's handled a bit better than the untimely departure from amateur ranks suggests he's being looked after at the moment.

Sunday Independent

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