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Nevin: “I hit him with everything, but I could tell he was going nowhere.”

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John Joe Nevin had a successful return to the ring at the weekend.

Now training and fighting out of Philidelphia, the Mullingar Shuffler made his adopted-hometown debut at the Sugar House Casino and comfortably outpointed journeyman Jesus Lule over six rounds on Friday evening.

Nevin, now 8(4)-0, spoke to David Malandra of PhillySportsLive.com afterwards and explained that “this was my first fight since last November and it was against one tough Mexican.”

“I hit him with everything, I thought he was out in the first round but apparently, as my brother said, he was only warming up!”

“I opened up, I hit him with everything, but I could tell he was going nowhere. I take my hat off to him, he’s a tough kid.”

“He probably gets paid every week to take beatings like that but it’s what I needed, get some rounds in the bag and find out what my condition is like.”

The 2012 Olympic silver medalist was happy to be back in the ring, but feels that he has improvements to make, describing how “I can get a hell of a lot better, my conditioning can get better.”

“But this is learning, the more fights the better for me, this is just another learning experience and it’s what I need.”

“He [Jesus Lule] tested me, and it told me that I got to get a lot more in the tank before I can move up again.”

Nevin is already looking forward to building on this with with legendary Philly coach Bozy Ennis and outlined his plans, saying “back to the gym, I’ll go back to see my family for a bit but I’ll come back over and get back in with Bozy and we do some more.”

“My defence could be a lot better, my conditioning could be better, and Bozy is the man to work with me for that.”

“I’ll be better for my next fight, I’ll keep improving.”

“As long as I’m with Bozy I can do no wrong.”

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

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie