Olympic Star John Joe Nevin ready for pro journey

JOHN Joe Nevin is ready to take step one of what he believes will be a very successful pro journey in the House Of Blues, Boston on Monday night.

The London 2012 silver medal winner believes St Patrick’s Day is a fitting day to begin a fight career and is looking forward impressive on a telvised card that also includes Dubliner Jamie Kavangh.

“St Patrick’s Day is a good day for an Irishman to make his debut and I can’t wait to get in the ring for my first professional fight. This will be the start of what will be a very exciting journey for me,” said the two-time AIBA World Elite medallist, the star signing with GreenBlood of Philadelphia and Berkeley Sports & Media of the UK.

All eyes will be on Nevin, who wound up training with his Irish coach Brian McKeown (Cavan BC) at the Badlandz gym in Philadelphia this week, when he answers the opening bell for his first fight in the professional ranks on a promotion which will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.

The 2013 European Elite champion, who only being beaten by the eventual gold medallists at Olympic level – he lost in the last-16 to Mongolia’s Enkhbat Badar-Uugan at Beijing 2008 and reached the London 2012 final against Luke Campbell of Great Britain – is aiming to begin his pro career on a high note at the House of Blues.

He continued: “I feel very confident after my last sparring session. The hard work is done now and it’s down to business on Monday night.”

“I don’t know much about him, but all Porto Rican boxers are tough, I know that much. It won’t be an issue making my debut over six rounds. I’m sparring eight and nine rounds as it is and it won’t be a problem. I’ve fought over five rounds in the World Series of Boxing for a few years anyway.

“Brian (McKeown) is here with me and he will be in my corner on Monday night, I always feel more relaxed when my coach is in my corner.

“I have no predictions, I’ll just go in and enjoy myself. I’ll do what I always do and see how it turns out. I’m eager to get started as the last time I fought was in August.

“All my focus is on Monday night and getting my professional career off to a winning start,” added the only boxer in the 103-year history of the Irish Amateur boxing Association – besides Katie Taylor – to medal at all the majors – Olympics, World, European and European Union Championships.

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