John Joe Nevin bout doesn’t interest Jono Carroll – ‘King Kong argues’ Olympian doesn’t bring enough to the table

Jono Carroll [18(4)-1(0)-1] doesn’t believe a win over John Joe Nevin [14(4)-0] wouldn’t provide him with the credit he craves and has distanced himself from a proposed clash as a result.

The Olympic silver medal winner name dropped the recent world title challenger earlier this week.

The Mullingar native believes it’s a fight Irish fans would rejoice in seeing, but did hint he understands the risk reward element may not make sense for a fighter chasing down a world title fight.

Carroll had recently claimed he wanted more recognition in Ireland whilst calling out former two weight world champ Carl Frampton.

As one of the countries greatest amateurs and an Olympic medal winner known well in casual circles, Nevin would seem ideal in terms of earning ‘King Kong’ recognition.

However, the ever entertaining southpaw argues otherwise.

Nevin did secure a world ranking with the WBA with an impressive win last time out, but a stop start pro career means has seen him slip off the radar somewhat.

Carroll suggests the aforementioned ensures his fellow Irish fighter isn’t a viable option at the present moment.

He took to social media to respond to the call out:

Irish-boxing.com believes Carroll’s next clash will be against two time British challenger Maxi Hughes.

Some may argue Nevin would be a better follow up to a Scott Quigg win, but an all Irish fight of that size may be wasted behind closed doors, not to mention without a gate the funds needed to cover both purses may not be there.

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 sport for a living for 19 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