Olympic final and silver medal for John Joe Nevin
JOHN Joe Nevin will box for Olympic gold tomorrow after a stunning destruction of Cuban world chamoion, Lazaro Estrada today.
The Mullingar bantamweight gave the performance of his life, winning all three rounds against Estrada and bringing the house down at the ExCel Arena. Nevin was 5-3 up after round one, jolting the Cuban with some wonderful combinations while always fighting at long distance.
It was closer in round two, Estrada desperately trying to navigate his way back into the contest. But, again, Nevin's shots were the cleaner and he took that round 7-6 to be three points clear in the third.
With Estrada unable to make much headway, Nevin did his Ali shuffle, basically inviting the Cuban forward where he became an easy target. One left uppercut, sent Estrada head jolting backwaras.
Nevin' round again by 7-5 and he will Britain's Luke Campbell in tomorrow's final, scheduled for 8.45pm.
Coach Billy Walsh said that the Mullingar boxer had been brilliant all week and “his fighting has got better”.
In an interview with Marty Morrissey for RTE, Nevin paid tribute to Kenneth Egan who won a silver medal for Ireland in the Beijing Olympics.
“I just seem to be getting better as it goes along. I’m enjoying the whole thing. Kenny was like a god to me and now I’m in the same position as him. I’m enjoying the whole thing and if it’s good enough, it’s good enough", he said.
“I’m over the moon with it. Anyone can win on the day and anyone can beat anyone on the day and that’s why you have to give it your best performance", he continued.
He joked that he was showing off a bit in the end of today’s fight and agreed with his coach that his new move was a “Mullingar shuffle”.