Big fight next for Nevin as he targets Frampton bout

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Westmeath’s John Joe Nevin [8(4)-0] will leave the prospect stage of his career next time out as he targets a World title fight in the near future.

The Mullingar Shuffler won his comeback bout at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia on Friday night, outpointing Jesus Lule over six rounds. Nevin plans to be back in the ring in less than two months time and revealed on RTÉ 2FM’s Game On that “I’m back in the ring and hopefully headlining the show next time at the SugarHouse Casino on October 28th.”

“I’m looking for bigger fights and stepping up in class. I’m going to move up to an eight-rounder next time and I’m eventually going to drop down to 126lbs, which is Carl Frampton’s weight.”

The 28 year old would love nothing more than to face his former Ireland team mate and current WBA featherweight champ Frampton, and he admitted that “that’s my dream anyway, to get in there and box Carl in front of all these Irish fans.”

“Carl Frampton is a brilliant brilliant boxer and I have lots of respect for him, so everything going well, I’d love to share a ring with him.”

At this moment in time, Nevin’s ambitions may seem far-fetched to some, but with his leg now finally fully recovered and a commitment to staying on the straight and narrow, a resurgence by the Olympic silver medalist is a possibility. He explained that “you only have a few years left in this game and you have to make the right choices now and keep away from all the nonsense, and do your thing to make you successful.”

“Hopefully I’ll be in the range of a World title shot at the end of next year”

“I’m moving as good as I was back a few years ago.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

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