Thursday 14 November 2019

Offers to go pro pour in as John Joe pledges: I'll stay in ring

Shane Hickey and Caroline Crawford

BOXER John Joe Nevin has been inundated with offers from major boxing promoters about turning professional since his outstanding performance at the London Olympics.

His father Martin revealed that John Joe has received offers from Ricky Hatton, Barry Hearn, and Barry McGuigan.

The boxer is planning on taking a few weeks to weigh up the offers before making up his mind on whether to go professional. However, John Joe emphasised that whatever he decides, he will remain in the ring.

"I don't know yet. But you haven't seen the last of me no matter where I go," he said yesterday.

"I believe if I go professional I will be the world champion some day and if not I'll hopefully be back here, but on a good performance. I'm not a bragger, I'm not a boaster, but on a good performance I know I can beat anyone."

One of the first offers he received came from German professional boxing promoters Sauerland, who approached the boxer with a contract well before the Olympics began.

Base

It would mean that he would attend a camp in Germany and also fight there, but still maintain his base in Ireland.

The boxer's cousin, Hughie Moyers, said John Joe's main concern was being able to stay close to his family, including his wife Marie and two-year-old son, Martin.

"I hope he turns pro now. He has it in him to win. He's in talks with Germany and Barry McGuigan's crowd in Belfast.

"It looks like it could be Germany but there are more offers coming in now. He's in talks at the moment.

"With Germany, he doesn't have to live there full time. He would only have to go over for a month before the fight and could come home straight away afterwards. It means he'd have plenty of time with Marie and Martin at home," he added.

John Joe's mother Winifred said she would support him in whatever he decides to do.

"He'll take a break for about month and he'll decide then what he wants to do.

"I'll support him whatever he decides. I wouldn't tell him what to do.

"If he wants to stay amateur, stay amateur; if he wants to go professional, let him go professional," she said.

"He has to think about a lot of things. He's not going to rush into things, he'll take his time," she added.

Irish Independent

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