Sunday 22 April 2018

John Joe Nevin makes winning return to the ring with third-round stoppage in New York

John Joe Nevin
John Joe Nevin

Bernard O'Neill

John Joe Nevin claimed an inside the distance win in his first fight in ten months in New York in the early hours of this morning.

The unbeaten London 2012 silver medallist TKO’d Mexican southpaw Victor Raul Capaceta at the home of baseball outfit Brooklyn Cyclones in Coney Island.

The victory improves the ex AIBA World No.1 ranked bantam to four wins from four since his pro debut on St Patrick’s Day 2014 in Boston.

Nevin dominated the opening two frames of the scheduled four-rounder and wobbled Capaceta, who has never been stopped, with a cracking shot toward the end of the third.

The Mexican remained on his stool at the end of that stanza and didn’t come out for the start of the fourth.

He appeared to be claiming that he was punched in the back of the head, a claim dismissed by Nevin.

“It was a great shot, even the ref said it. Absolutely delighted to be back and to get the win under my belt,“ said the two-time Irish Olympian.

Philadelphia’s Tom Moran, who is co-managing Nevin with Cameron Dunkin, who has managed over 30 world champions, described the Coney Island outing as a “back to business fight”.

Nevin has another few bouts lined up in the USA before Christmas. “It’s catch up time,” added the two-time AIBA World Elite medallist.

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