Friday 20 April 2018

Scan reveals both of John Joe Nevin's legs broken in attack

John Joe Nevin
John Joe Nevin
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

IRISH Olympic boxing medallist John Joe Nevin has received a further setback, after it was discovered that both of his legs are broken.

His trainer Brian McKeown confirmed the devastating news last night, and said that the 24-year-old underwent a scan yesterday afternoon that revealed his left leg had also been broken in the weekend's savage attack.

"It seems that there is a fracture in his left leg," Mr McKeown told the Irish Independent last night.

The scan showed that the father-of-one's left leg had been fractured just above his ankle.

This latest injury is in addition to the two breaks he had sustained in his right leg after he was beaten with a golf club at his Co Westmeath home on Saturday morning.

"I spoke with him on the phone this afternoon and he was very positive, but he was disappointed. He expects to be confined to a wheelchair (temporarily)," Mr McKeown continued.

"The reality of the situation is that he is no further back than he was already. He was going to be in a cast for six to eight weeks as it was."

Mr McKeown said that the Mullingar native is in good form, despite this setback.

The silver medallist will now miss out on a string of fights, including one that had been scheduled to take place in Atlantic City later this month.

"At this stage of the game, he is doing as well as can be expected in the circumstances. He is more positive than expected," Mr McKeown added.

The boxer underwent a three-hour surgery at Tullamore Hospital on Monday, as doctors worked to re-set the shin bone in his right leg.

Nevin was beaten with a golf club in a vicious attack at the Ardleigh estate in Mullingar around 10.30am on Saturday morning.

After the attack, Nevin said he "will never forget the bone breaking from my skin".

"As soon as I was hit with the golf club, I fell to the ground because my leg was like rubber, I couldn't stand," the injured man added.

Mr McKeown earlier reported that John Joe had merely been acting as a mediator in the row, and that he was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Nevin had just returned from the US, where he won his first professional fight.

His trainer said that the boxer is now relishing the task ahead of him, and that he will bounce back from injury.

"The way we look at is, that it's up to the medical people. When they do their job, then it's my job when he is ready to get him fit to fight, and to rehabilitate him.

"It's the managers job to get him the right contest, it's the psychologist's job to get his head right, and it's his job to box.

"So if we all do our job right we will see a boxer back in the ring," he said. "Look, it's in God's hands now. We are pulling together."

Two men were held in relation to the incident, but both were released without charge.

Irish Independent

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