Monday 18 December 2017

'Golden Boy' Nevin plans to keep mouth shut and let gloves do the talking

John Joe Nevin had a dispute over taxi with father.
John Joe Nevin had a dispute over taxi with father.

Bernard O'Neill

JOHN JOE NEVIN will travel to the USA next week to sign with Oscar De La Hoya's Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions.

The London 2012 silver medalist flies out on this day next week to complete his switch from Elite amateur boxing to the pro ranks.

"It will be Golden Boy that I sign for," said Nevin (right), who added that Philadelphia-based Tom Moran is negotiating the deal.

Nevin admitted it was difficult to walk away from the Ireland team with the World Championships close. But the 24-year-old European champion said he wanted to secure his future and has achieved all he wanted in amateur boxing.

He said: "Billy (Walsh) and Zaur (Antia, coaches with the Irish Elite team) looked after me all these years. Without Billy and Zaur we wouldn't have all those medals.

"At the last two Olympics, boxing brought home seven of our eight medals in all sports. That's the cut of them two men. At the end of the day I have to look after myself. I think my experience in the World Series of Boxing will help the switch over to the pro ranks."

Nevin is finishing an amateur career which saw him become the only Irish male boxer to be ranked world No 1 and the only Irish male boxer to medal at all the majors.

"I'm going out of it ranked No 1. I always said that I'd love to win all the medals, I never mentioned being ranked No 1 in the world. That's a bonus. I wanted the full package going and I have that. I want to be world champion before three years... I know I'm good enough to achieve that."

Nevin's pro career won't be accompanied by some of the thrash talking associated with the sport, the recent David Haye and Tyson Fury histrionics being a case in point. And the Cavan BC orthodox also wants another shot at England's Luke Campbell, who beat him in the London 2012 final and who has also turned pro.

"I'm not going to be like David Haye or Tyson Fury. I'll be quiet, just getting on with my business in the ring... Hopefully, I'll meet Luke Campbell. I'd love another bash at him. He won't be able to hide for 10 rounds!"

Meanwhile, Christina Desmond and Ciara Ginty became the first Irish women besides Katie Taylor to box for gold in world champion-ships when they qualified for the finals in Bulgaria yesterday.

The Cork and Mayo duo cruised into the deciders at the AIBA World Women's Youth and Junior Championships on unanimous semi-final decisions in Albena.

Macroom BC southpaw Desmond outclassed Turkey's Sema Caliskan 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 and will meet Kazakhstan's Gauhar Yermekbay in today's 69kg Youth showdown.

Ginty (Geesala BC), advanced to the Junior lightweight decider at the expense of Yekaterina Annissimova of Kazakhstan. Ginty, who will face Turkey's Esra Yildiz today, took the bout 29-28,29-28, 30-27. Her fellow Mayo boxer Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves BC) had to settle for bronze.

Irish Independent

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