The Cavan Boxing clubs and Mullingar Boxer John Joe Nevin was due to be fighting the Puerto Rican luis lebron for the Universal boxing championship next Friday but the charismatic fighter famous for the Mullingar Shuffle has postponed his appearance due to injury sustained in training.
Article by Kevin McDermott
He took to Twitter to announce on Saint Patricks Day ‘to my loyal fans, I’m sorry to announce that I sustained a rib injury during training for my upcoming fight on March 24 in Philadelphia. Although doctors will not allow me to fight that night, I will still be in attendance to address my fans and witness this great night of Boxing! Please come out and join me at the first boxing card ever at The Fillmore in Philadelphia. I vow to come back again as quickly as I can heal and will be ready to fight for my fans. See you all on Friday night.
He made A victorious return to the ring last august and is still unbeaten in his professional career. It was his first fight in nine months after a horrific leg injury resulted in him having a four-pound steel bar inserted, and then removed, from his leg.
At Just 18 years of Age Nevin competed In the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but in 2012 he became a househould name when he won a Bantamweight Olympic silver medal 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 his Khazakstan opponent by a margin of 15–10. In his quarter-final bout he beat Oscar Valdez to secure a semi-final place and a guarantee of at least a bronze medal. He then reached the final after defeating the reigning bantamweight world champion Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba 19–14 In the final however, Nevin lost 14–11 to Britain’s Luke Campbell winning a silver medal in the process. Up to 6,000 people gathered in Mullingar to watch the fight on a big screen and many supporters showed up to his homecoming the following Monday.
Headlining the event in Philadelphia will be WBC 8 ranked welterweight Ray Robinson.