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Irish boxing’s biggest rivalry? Jono Carroll and John Joe Nevin go at it again

Jono Carroll [18(4)-1(0)-1] versus John Joe Nevin [14(4)-0] is fast becoming Irish boxing’s biggest grudge match.

Within in the space of a week the bout has become a clash fight fans hadn’t really thought about to one they have become extremely eager to see.

A former world title challenger and one of Irish boxing’s biggest chance takers versus one of the countries greatest amateurs, who has yet to be given a major breakthrough clash as a pro, would always appeal.

However, the pairs public online back on fort on Tuesday generated some hype around the potential match up.

The insults and jibes continued into Wednesday accompanied by plenty of fan response, further whetting the appetite for a super featherweight meeting.

It all started when Nevin took to Twitter to question the opponent Irish-boxing.com has revealed Carroll will fight next, the Mullingar Shuffler questioning why ‘King Kong’ rebuffed his call out only to fight a fighter, that he feels would have problems lacing his boots.

The Dubliner initially made the point he was pushing for a world title and he didn’t believe a fight with the Olympian would help in that regard.

The recent world title challenger, who is looking for a fight with Carl Frampton, also queried whether or not the London 2012 medal winner would bring value in terms of profile.

However, responding online he was less logical, less polite and sparked a nigh on aggressive back on fort, which spilled over into yesterday.

A fight between the pair still seems unlikely. Dublin would be the ideal venue, but as an MTK fighter ‘King Kong’ isn’t likely to fight in his home town, Belfast has no cards lined up and the fight may be wasted in England.

Not to mention Carroll wants clashes that will bring him closer to a world title shot and at the present time a win over Nevin would bring massive credit, but may not provide passage to one of the four major straps.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com