Pro call excites Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin
Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin has turned his back on the chance to go a step further and win a gold medal at the Rio Games by deciding to turn professional. The Mullingar fighter, who lost out to Britain's Luke Campbell in the bantamweight category at London 2012, will join Amir Khan's stable.
"This was a really tough decision for me as I have trained with the High Performance team for many years and we are a tight family unit," revealed Nevin.
Speaking to Brendan O'Connor on the Saturday Night Show, he added: "I have enjoyed my time with the Irish team and am extremely proud of what we have achieved to date. I would like to win a world title and this is the route I need to take. I am excited for the future and looking forward to continuing my relationship with my trainer and working with Khan Promotions".
Nevin will be part of Khan's newly formed promotional company, Super Fight Promotions and his first professional fight is likely to happen in January next year in the MEN Arena in Manchester.
"When I saw John Joe Nevin at the Olympics he really impressed me and I knew right away he was a real talent," Khan said.
"He's slick, moves well and has a lot of attributes that I know will take him very far as a professional. I'm extremely pleased that we have managed to bring him to Super Fight Promotions because he's exactly the type of young, exciting and gifted talent we want under our banner. We have high hopes for him and under Super Fight Promotions he will have the best platform in which to fulfil his enormous potential."
Nevin said that he has spent the last two months considering his options. The boxer also paid tribute to the support given to him during his amateur status by the Irish Sports Council, the IABA, his coach at Cavan Boxing Club, Brian McKeown, and Team Ireland High Performance Unit coach Billy Walsh.
Nevin's move to the professional ranks is a huge loss to the Irish boxing team.
Sunday Indo Sport