I WANT IT ALL DECLARES OLYMPIC MEDALIST NEVIN
BY Jonny Stapleton
‘I WANT IT ALL’ John Joe Nevin declared IN legendary band Queen style after ensuring at least a Bronze in London last night.
The Cavan BC fighter put Ireland on the medal table, wining Olympic Bronze with a fantastic 19-13 win over Mexico’s Oscar Fierro Valdez in the quarter-finals, but wants a flashier medal to parade around his neck.
The slick and impressive bantamweight, who faces Cuban opposition in the semi final on Friday, may have realised his dream of becoming an Olympic medalist, but is determined to finish top of the podium in London 2012.
The Paris WSB fighter is growing in confidence as the Games progress and he believes he is capable of competing against the best in the world.
“I am happy. I am happy with my performance. I just want to keep getting better, but I want it all- like the song Queen had says. And I do want it all. There is still more in me. We are working on things. I said from the start I am up there with the best in the world I just need to believe in myself. I know I can perform better and hopefully it comes off,” Nevin revealed.
He may have targeted a sliver or gold medal, but Nevin was emotional and full of joy after ensuring bronze and a place in Irish sporting history last night.
It was a different story four years ago, when Nevin had to watch Kenny Egan, Darren Sutherland and Paddy Barnes parade their medals to a delighted public after he himself came home empty handed from Beijing.
“Four year ago I was getting of the back of the plane in be and no Beijing and I am not begrudging anyone, because he was like a god to me but Kenny Egan, but I had to watch him getting off the front of the plane with Paddy Barnes and my room mate Darren Sutherland. I felt left out and I came back for more. I am not getting off the back this time. I just said to Billy (Walsh) last night hopefully I am not getting off the back of the plane again this year.”
Nevin’s two world championship medals were always proof he had the talent to make the latter stages of the Olympics.
The prestigious awards proved he could compete at the highest level, but he admits he would have traded them in for the Olympic medal he won last night.
“I am delighted I went to two world championships and got medals and I would have traded them in for an Olympic medal. The four years I had to wait was the longest four years of my life, but I kept improving with the high performance and of course my coach at home Brian McKeown. “
The Cavan BC also took time to lay praise on the Mexican he defeated and even admitted the body shot that forced a standing eight count at the death of the battle really hurt him.
“We had a look at him and we knew we were in against a tough customer. He beat David Oliver Joyce in 2009 and Davy is a tough opponent, he is very very good, and this guy beat him. We knew we were up against it, but we knew my style had the beating of him and we just had to sharpen up a bit.
It was a cracking shot-Billy thought it was low but it was a cracker and fair play to him I think he would make a brilliant professional. Billy said stay down you have time and I still wasn’t recovered from it, it was that good of a shot. I would like to thank David a cousin of mine. He passed away this year at 25 and that is the reason I keep looking up to heaven. He told me I would win a medal in London and hopefully he is with me.”