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John Joe Nevin
Real name John Joseph Nevin
Rated at Super-Featherweight
Height 5 ft 8 in
Reach 67 in
Nationality Irish
Born (1988-06-07) 7 June 1988 (age 34)
Mullingar, Ireland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 14
Wins 14
Wins by KO 4
Losses 0
Medal record
Representing  Ireland
Olympic Games
Silver 2012 London Bantamweight
World Amateur Championships
Bronze 2009 Milan Bantamweight
Bronze 2011 Baku Bantamweight
European Amateur Championships
Gold 2013 Minsk Bantamweight
European Union Amateur Championships
Gold 2008 Cetniewo Bantamweight
Silver 2009 Odense Bantamweight

John Joseph "John Joe" Nevin (born 7 June 1988), is an Irish professional boxer. He is a two-time Olympian, and a London 2012 silver medalist.

Early life

John Joseph Nevin was born in Mullingar, County Westmeath, and is a member of the Traveller community. He attended Scoil Mhuire CBS primary school in the town.

Amateur career

2008 | Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament

Nevin qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by winning the first Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy.

2008 | European Union Amateur Championships

Nevin won the 2008 EU Amateur Championships in Cetniewo, Poland.

2008 | Olympic Games

At just 18 years of age, Nevin competed in Beijing at his first Summer Olympics. He beat Abdelhalim Ourradi 9–4 in his first round before being beaten by Badar-Uugan Enkhbatyn 9–2 in the round of 16. Enkhbatyn went on to win gold in the final.

2009 | World Amateur Championships

On 9 September 2009, Nevin guaranteed Ireland a historic sixth medal at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships after he beat China's Yu Gu in Milan. He won his quarter-final 7–5. In the semi-final he lost by 5–4 to Russian Eduard Abzalimov, and so took away a bronze medal.

2011 | World Amateur Championships

At the 2011 World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Nevin reached the semi-finals after beating Orzubek Shaymov of Uzbekistan 19–17 in the quarter's. Nevin lost to Britain's Luke Campbell in the semi's through a very controversial countback, forcing him to settle for a second World Championship bronze medal. This however was more than enough to qualify Nevin for the 2012 London Olympics.

2012 | Olympic Games

Nevin won his first fight in London, defeating Denmark's Dennis Ceylan by a wide margin of 21–6. In his second fight of the games he saw off Kazakhstan's Kanat Abutalipov by a margin of 15–10. In his quarter-final bout he beat Oscar Valdez to secure a semi-final place and the guarantee of at least a bronze medal.

He reached the final after defeating the reigning bantamweight world champion Lázaro Álvarez of Cuba, 19–14. In the final however, Nevin lost 14–11 to Britain's Luke Campbell, winning a silver medal in the process. Nevin reportedly said that he wants his legacy from the Games to be "a closer relationship between Travellers and the settled community."

2013: European Amateur Championships

In June 2013 he won a gold medal at the 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships in the Bantamweight division.

National Titles

In 2012, Nevin won his fifth straight national senior title, incidentally beating his cousin Michael Nevin 23-3 in the final. Nevin was unable to defend his national title in 2013 because he injured his wrist while sparring in the high performance, the title was taken by Declan Geraghty from Crumlin boxing club. That didn't stop the Irish Amateur Boxing Association from picking Nevin as their #1 choice for the 2013 European Boxing Championships being held in Minsk later that year.

Professional career

Having announced the previous year that he planned on turning professional, Nevin finally did so in 2013. Speaking on 22 October, he said "This is the next step for me. I've done everything I wanted to do in the amateur business, if I could change the colour of the Olympic medal I would but that's done and now it's time to move on and hopefully bring back a world title to Ireland." Nevin signed a management deal with a business sports partnership that includes GreenBlood Boxing from Philadelphia and Berkley Sports & Media from London.

Nevin made his professional debut in a super featherweight bout on 17 March 2014 against Alberto Candelaria, winning by unanimous decision.

Personal life

He is married with two children.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
14 fights 14 wins 0 losses
By knockout 4 0
By decision 10 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
14 Win 14-0 Nicaragua Freddy Fonseca UD 10 16 Nov 2019 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Won vacant WBA International super-featherweight title
13 Win 13-0 United Kingdom Jordan Ellison PTS 8 20 Sep 2019 United Kingdom Vale Sports Arena, Cardiff, Wales
12 Win 12-0 Colombia Andres Figueroa UD 6 15 Mar 2019 United States Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
11 Win 11-0 Nicaragua Reynaldo Cajina PTS 8 15 Dec 2018 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
10 Win 10-0 Canada Alex Torres Rynn UD 8 9 Mar 2018 United States Parx Casino, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, US
9 Win 9-0 United Kingdom Lee Connelly PTS 6 24 Nov 2017 United Kingdom Tolworth Recreation Centre, London, England
8 Win 8-0 United States Jesus Lule UD 6 27 Aug 2016 United States SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
7 Win 7-0 United States Greg Coverson Jr. UD 6 25 Nov 2015 United States Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, US
6 Win 6-0 United States DeWayne Wisdom UD 4 14 Nov 2015 United States ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, Virginia, US
5 Win 5-0 United States Jose L Guzman TKO 3 (6) 16 Oct 2015 United States Aviator Sports Complex, New York City, New York, US
4 Win 4-0 Mexico Victor Raul Capaceta RTD 3 (4) 25 Aug 2015 United States MCU Park, New York City, New York, US
3 Win 3-0 United Kingdom Jack Heath TKO 1 (6) 15 Nov 2014 Republic of Ireland 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
2 Win 2-0 United States Calvin Stifford TKO 1 (4) 11 Oct 2014 United States Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US
1 Win 1-0 Puerto Rico Alberto Candelaria UD 6 17 Mar 2014 United States House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts, US
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