Ireland’s most celebrated amateur in generations, John Joe Nevin, announced his pro plans yesterday at a press conference in Dublin. Nevin earned an Olympic Silver Medal in the London games and is rated the number one amateur in the world at bantamweight.
Nevin has signed on with newly formed GreenBlood Boxing, a management team based in Philladelphia and London. The group expects to do a deal soon with one of boxing’s leading promoters.
The 24-year-old Nevin, the only Irish male boxer to medal at all the majors – Olympics, World, European and EU Championships – is being lined up for his first professional fight early in 2014. He will start his pro career at featherweight.
“We’re predicting this is the beginning of a golden age of Irish boxing and we wanted to start with the best, John Joe could be the best boxer in Irish history,” said GreenBlood’s Tom Moran. “The Irish amateur system has been way more successful than the U.S. in developing top flight talent in recent years. Our objective is to gather that talent and compliment it by building the entirely untapped Irish boxing market in the United States, while also working in England and Ireland.
“We believe John Joe will prove to be a world champion who helps pack shows with Irish fans. Our job will be to help develop and build that Irish audience in ways boxing has yet to see. The Irish love boxing like the Mexican and Puerto Rican crowds and now we’re bringing the Irish following together with the Irish talent.”
The upstart GreenBlood hosted their first American show two weeks ago in a packed house at Philly concert venue The Electric Factory in an unusual boxing event spiced with popular Boston Irish punk rock band the Dropkick Murphys.
“I’m delighted to sign with GreenBlood Boxing. I saw what they did in Philly. It was great event and a great start. The Irish fans really came out in support,,“ said Nevin. “I’ve done everything I want to do in the amateur ranks. Now is the time to move on and I would like to get in the ring as soon as possible.”
“My goal is to become world champion. I’m confident I can do that and bring a world title back to Ireland. The dream would be defending that world title in Croke Park in Dublin. Right now, we want to get the right promotional deal in place and get started fighting.”
Nevin will train with his club coach Brian McKeown in Ireland and finish with serious training in Philly, where the GreenBlood boxing team will be based.