John Joe Nevin

John Joe Nevin
Real name John Joseph Nevin
Rated at Super-Featherweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Nationality Irish
Born (1988-06-07) 7 June 1988
Mullingar, Ireland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 8
Wins 8
Wins by KO 4
Losses 0
Draws 0

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

Early life

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 .

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.[2] In the semi-final he lost by 5–4 to Russian Eduard Abzalimov, and so took away a bronze medal.[3]

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.[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 at least a bronze medal.[6] He then reached the final after defeating the reigning bantamweight world champion Lázaro Álvarez of Cuba 19–14.[7] In the final however, Nevin lost 14–11 to Britain's Luke Campbell, winning a silver medal in the process.[8][9] Nevin reportedly said that he wants his legacy from the Games to be "a closer relationship between Travellers and the settled community."[10]

2013 | European Amateur Championships

In June 2013 he won a gold medal at the 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships in the Bantamweight division.[11][12]

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 John Joe as there number 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,[13] Nevin finally did so in 2013.[14] Speaking on October 22, 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.[15]

Nevin made his professional debut in a Super featherweight bout on March 17, 2014 against Alberto Candelaria,[16] winning by unanimous decision.[17]

He is married with two children

Professional boxing record

8 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Draws[18]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Win 8-0 United States Jesus Lule UD 6 2016-08-27 United States SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 7-0 United States Greg Coverson Jr. UD 6 2015-11-25 United States Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 6-0 United States DeWayne Wisdom UD 4 2015-11-14 United States ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, Virginia, United States
Win 5-0 United States Jose L Guzman TKO 3 2015-10-16 United States Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 4-0 Mexico Victor Raul Capaceta RTD 3 2015-08-25 United States MCU Park, Brooklyn, New York, United States
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, United States
Win 1-0 Puerto Rico Alberto Candelaria UD 6 2014-03-17 United States House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts, United States 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 Missing or empty |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.
  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. "John Joe Nevin and Jason Quigley claim European gold in Minsk". Irish Independent. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  12. "Nevin and Quigley win European boxing gold for Ireland". The Score. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  13. 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)
  14. "Nevin starts likely exodus". Irish Examiner. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  15. "Olympic hero John Joe Nevin turns pro". Irish Independent. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  16. "Nevin set for pro debut". Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  17. "John Joe Nevin wins on pro debut in Boston". Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  18. Professional boxing record for John Joe Nevin from BoxRec
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