Jono Joe Nevin believes he could be challenge for a world title as soon as the Summer of 2020.
The Olympic silver medallist has had a stop-start five-and-a-half years as a pro boxer, suffering injuries and inactivity.
The gifted operator has never been able to gain any significant momentum and has thus been unable to deliver on his promise.
However, Nevin will get the chance to gatecrash the world rankings on a big platform this weekend.
The Westmeath super feather will take on Nicaraguan southpaw Freddy Fonseca [27(18)-4(1)-1] for the vacant WBA International title at the York Hall in London on Saturday November 16th – and he believes the chief support bout on a Hennessy Sports card, the fight will be shown live on Channel 5, provides him the chance to kick start his career.
In fact he is confident a win on Saturday will see him make significant strides toward a world title shot.
“(I’m) not too far off it,” Nevin said when speaking to World Boxing News, “this fight gets me into the top 15 then maybe one or two steps away from fighting for a world title.
“I’d say if I got a call for a world title before Christmas I’d take it but that is down to my management team and how they are going to approach it. I think I’m ready to step in now.
“I’m focused on this fight but I reckon sometime next year, by the summer or autumn (I’ll be) fighting for a world title. I think that’s a realistic plan.”
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The decorated amateur knows Fonseca could ruin his 2020 plans, but the fight who beat Oscar Valdez to set an Olympic 2012 final with Luke Campbell is adamant he won’t slip up in what is the biggest fight of his pro career to date.
“He’s a dangerous kid, a big puncher, strong. Nothing we haven’t seen before. I’ve boxed a lot better than him, beaten a lot better than him. It’s just down to being focused for the ten rounds if it has to go that long.
“I’m looking forward to it. I definitely think I can beat him otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the fight. “Training been going well, everything going well, injury-free. Everything is good.”