John Joe Nevin [13(4)-0] is aware he will have earn the world ranking on offer tonight the hard way.
The ‘Mullingar Shuffler’ has finally been given a breakthrough chance and could make himself world title eligible with victory in London tomorrow night.
The Olympic silver medal winner fights for the WBA International title, a strap that has world top #15 granting powers at the York Hall.
However, to win the belt and earn the ranking, Nevin will have to defeat his toughest opponent to date.
The stylist has been cast against Nicaraguan southpaw Freddy Fonseca [27(18)-4(1)-1], whose record makes for solid reading. The 27-year-old has lost when asked to step up, but he still represents the best Nevin has faced.
“This kid’s no journeyman. He’ll not go into hiding. He’ll really go for it,” acknowledges the man from County Westmeath.
“Fonseca brings this big, big left hand. He knows he can punch but I’m confident I can frustrate him then walk him onto stuff. And I hit very hard. My record shows just the four KO’s but it’s very hard to knock a man out when he’s running away. It’s just about timing the right punch.
“An impressive win will stick me into the world top 15 and then I’ll not be too far away.”
“He’s not gonna’ hit a moving target that’s gonna’ be switching angles. He’ll never have saw anything like me before.”@johnJoeNevin is respectful of Freddy Fonseca’s power, but confident in his own skill-set. The two aim to break into world rankings this Saturday at York Hall. pic.twitter.com/JQ4lmLj8sr— Hennessy Sports (@HennessySports) November 14, 2019
There seems to be some suggesting Nevin will have to do more in the pro ring to prove his world credentials, but the fighter himself believes he has enough pro seasoning to be deemed a contender.
He also suggests his performance tomorrow night will prove he is world title ready.
“You have to remember all my experience from the WSB (World Series of Boxing). I had 11 bouts (9 wins) boxing for Paris United, then the London Lionhearts; without head guards, wearing eight-ounce gloves in five round fights against elite opposition with professional style scoring. They were proper, aggressive scraps. They more than compensate,” Nevin continued.
“On November 16th, U.K fans will see the skills of a genuine contender who’s coming to hunt the world champions down. After nailing the WBA International title I’ll chase a world title straight after. I’d only be interested in the European belt and the like if it guarantees getting me closer to a world title.”