John Joe Nevin watched from afar as amateur team mates Micheal Conlan and Joe Ward grabbed the spotlight with World Championships heroics during the week.
The duo equaled records previously set by the man some claim was Ireland’s greatest ever amateur. Ward joined Nevin as a double World medal winner while Conlan became the second Irishman after the Mullingar shuffler to claim European, World, and Olympic medals.
Nevin is now trying to blaze a trail as a pro, and while things haven’t run too smooth since he turned over on St Patrick’s Day in 2014, the former amateur standout fights for a second time in less than two months tonight, hoping to push his record to 5-0 and grab his share of the spotlight again.
Following on from his knockout victory over Victor Raul Capacita, the Olympic Silver medalist will box again in New York’s Aviator Centre.
The Mullingar Shuffler will box New York-based Puerto Rican, José Guzman [6(0)-11(4)-1]. A rugged opponent, who will outsize Nevin, Guzman went the distance with former light welterweight champion Chris Algieri in 2009.
Nevin will box on the undercard of a Top Rank show headlined by Irish-American light heavyweight contender Seanie Monaghan, and broadcast live on TruTV