New York fight date announced for John Joe Nevin

After spending over nine months out of the ring, John Joe Nevin will fight twice in less than two months. Following on from his knockout victory over Victor Raul Capacita, the Olympic Silver medalist will box again on Friday October 16th 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.

The news was broken by Sun Sport’s Kevin Byrne, who revealed that Nevin will box on the undercard of a show headlined by Irish-American light heavyweight contender Seanie Monaghan.

Speaking to Byrne, Nevin noted the benefits of fighting on a Monaghan card in New York, explaining that
“Monaghan has a great following and hopefully we can dip into that and put on a good show. Hopefully they’ll follow me then.”

Perfectionist Nevin will be hoping to put in an improved performance having been disappointed with his showing against Capacita. The Mullingar fighter felt that “my last fight wasn’t the best of performances but I got the win.”

“The opponent hadn’t been stopped and he’s boxed some decent enough lads, so it was good for me.”

The Westmeath man will soon be back in Ireland, however he will be returning to the U.S., and Nevin believes that stateside is the best place for his development, explaining that “my sparring is getting a lot better out here now this week.”

“I stayed a week extra just to get some top-quality sparring, I’ve got nine good days done since the fight.”

“Once I come back out I’ll be staying longer. The plan is to be about 10-0 by Christmas, six more fights.”

Joe O'Neill

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