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Heavyweight Paddy Nevin reveals Irish title fast-track plan

Dublin heavyweight Paddy Nevin [1(0)-0] is keen to jump on the fast-track starting on Friday night.

The one-and-oh pro boxes on the Assassin ‘Homecoming’ card at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar in what he hopes will be his second and final four-round fight.

Nevin has a roadmap that sees him box for the Irish title in just his fifth pro fight and wants to continue down this path with a win over Croatian Hrvoje Bozinovic [2(0)-18(9)].

Following a win in early October over the game Pawel Strykowski, Nevin is in good spirits ahead of his second outing and plans to move rapidly through the ranks.

The Swords big man outlined to Irish-Boxing.com that “I’m feeling very confident, I’m hoping to transition now fairly quickly on into the six rounders after this fight.”

“This is the last four rounder, then hopefully on to two six rounders, an eight rounder, and then, hopefully, someone might take me up on the Irish title.”

“I really want to get this fight out of the way and get on to other fights.”

In terms of who, there are plenty of options.

If Nevin can be built quickly enough, a fight with Wexford’s Niall Kennedy – who is promoted by Assassin’s U.S. promotional partners Murphys Boxing – could appeal. Dubliner Sean Turner is blocked from fighting in the Republic of Ireland by his management outfit but a trip North or abroad could facilitate this, while Tipperary’s Con Sheehan looms in the background hungry for opportunities.

Boxing on a big card – with the potential that his fight may be show on TG4 – Nevin wants to make an impression.

The 25-year-old described how “It’s a massive opportunity to showcase my skills and get out there on the market.”

“I’m looking to show what I can do.”

Therefore, Nevin is looking to close the show early in Mayo and wants to claim a maiden knockout win.

When asked for a prediction, the St Michael’s Inchicore man stated “hopefully a stoppage this time round – I know I said it the last time but, this time!”

“We’ll get there, I’m not really worried but hopefully we get it this time.”

Watch David Kelly’s interview with Paddy Nevin and Steven O’Rourke below:

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


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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