John Joe Nevin

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John Joe Nevin
Real name John Joseph Nevin
Rated at Super featherweight
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Reach 170 cm (67 in)
Nationality Irish
Born (1989-06-07) 7 June 1989 (age 25)
Mullingar, Ireland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 3
Wins 3
Wins by KO 2
Losses 0
Draws 0

John Joseph Nevin (born 7 June 1989), more commonly known as John Joe Nevin, is an Irish professional boxer. He won the Irish national boxing title and qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics at the age of 18. Four years later he qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal. He is widely thought of as the golden boy of Irish boxing.

Early life[edit]

Nevin was born in Mullingar, County Westmeath, and is a member of the Traveller community.[1] He attended Scoil Mhuire CBS primary school in the town. He was born John Joseph Nevin but is more commonly known as John Joe .


Nevin lost 11:14 to Aaron Casey at the 2006 World Junior Championships at 48 kg. Nevin qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by winning the 1st European Qualifying Tournament. Nevin subsequently won the 2008 European Union boxing championships.

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics he beat Abdelhalim Ourradi 9–4 in his first round before being beaten by Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan 9–2 in the round of 16. 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.[2] In the semi-final he lost by 5–4 to Russian Eduard Abzalimov, and so took away a bronze medal.[3] In Baku, Azerbaijan he qualified for the 2012 London Olympic games by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships, subsequently he reached the semi-finals by beating Orzubek Shaymov of Uzbekistan 19–17 to claim another world championship bronze medal, as a result he has the distinction of being the first Irish boxer in history to claim two world championship medals. He was very very controversially beaten by Britain's Luke Campbell by a countback.

In 2012 he beat his cousin Michael Nevin in the final of the Senior National All Irelands 23–3 to win his fifth national senior title in a row. He boxes out of Cavan boxing club under coach Brian McKeown. He signed with the Paris United Team in October 2010 in "The World Series of Boxing (WSB") and helped them win the Championship.

Nevin won his first fight in the 2012 Olympic Games, defeating Denmark's Dennis Ceylan by a wide margin of 21–6.[4] In his second fight of the games he saw off Kazakhstan's Kanat Abutalipov by a margin of 15–10.[5] In his quarter-final bout he beat Oscar Valdez to secure a semi-final place and a guarantee of a bronze medal.[6] He then reached the final after defeating the reigning bantamweight world champion Lázaro Álvarez of Cuba 19–14.[7] He won silver, losing in the final to Luke Campbell of the UK 14–11.[8][9]

Nevin reportedly said "he wants his legacy from the Games to be a closer relationship between Travellers and the settled community."[10]

On 6 October 2012, John Joe Nevin announced to the public on The Saturday Night Show that he is turning professional.[11] In November 2012 Nevin changed his mind about turning professional and signed for the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing next season.[12]

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 John Joe as there number 1 choice for the 2013 European Boxing Championships being held in Minsk later that year.

In June 2013 he won a gold medal at the 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships in the Bantamweight division.[13][14]

In October 2013, Nevin announced that he had turned professional.[15] Speaking on 22 October 2013, 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.[16]

Nevin made his professional debut in a Super featherweight bout on March 17, 2014 against Alberto Candelaria,[17] winning by unanimous decision.[18]

In April 2014 he sustained both of his legs broken in assault by a gang of men. This is related to a feud between members of the Quinn, McDonagh and Nevin families.[19]

Professional boxing record[edit]

3 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws[20]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Win 3-0 United Kingdom Jack Heath TKO 1 2014-11-15 Republic of Ireland 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
Win 2-0 United States Calvin Stifford TKO 1 2014-10-11 United States Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Win 1-0 Puerto Rico Alberto Candelaria UD 6 2014-03-17 United States House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts Professional debut.


  1. ^ O'Connor, Brendan (13 August 2012). "Katie KOs Angela Merkel and co". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nevin secures medal on way to semis". RTÉ Sport. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nevin must settle for bronze". RTÉ Sport. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Boxing: John Joe Nevin and Darren O'Neill both recorded comfortable round of 32 boxing wins". RTÉ News. 28 July 2012. 
  5. ^ The Irish Times |url= missing title (help). 
  6. ^ "Boxing: John Joe Nevin wins Ireland's first medal at the London Olympics after 19–13 win over Oscar Valdez Fierro". RTÉ News. 5 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Olympic final and silver medal for John Joe Nevin". Irish Independent. 
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  9. ^ "Luke Campbell wins Great Britain's second gold". BBC Sport. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Hickey, Shane; Caroline Crawford (13 August 2012). "Games can bring Travellers and settled people together – Nevin". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Vincent Hogan (6 October 2012). "John Joe stepping into a starker, meaner world". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2012.  Missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ "John Joe Nevin signs for amateur British boxing team". RTÉ Sport. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "John Joe Nevin and Jason Quigley claim European gold in Minsk". Irish Independent. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nevin and Quigley win European boxing gold for Ireland". The Score. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Nevin starts likely exodus". Irish Examiner. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Olympic hero John Joe Nevin turns pro". Irish Independent. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Nevin set for pro debut". Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "John Joe Nevin wins on pro debut in Boston". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Broken leg". Belfast Telegraph. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  20. ^ Professional boxing record for John Joe Nevin from BoxRec

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