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Nevin Set For Final Battle Against Family Friend

Irish fighter John Joe Nevin is facing the battle of his life tonight in order to achieve Olympic gold.

The Mullingar fighter, who is hoping to emulate the success earlier this week of Katie Taylor and win a gold medal, is in action at 8.45pm.

He beat Cuba’s reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada yesterday afternoon on a score of 19-14 and will face Britain’s Luke Campbell in tonight’s final at the Excel Arena in London.

The Mullingar bantamweight gave the performance of his life, winning all three rounds against Estrada and bringing the house down at the ExCel Arena. Nevin nailed the Cuban with some wonderful combinations while always fighting at long distance.

It was closer in round two with Estrada desperately trying to claw back the lead but he couldn’t cope with Nevin’s clean.

With Estrada unable to make much headway, Nevin did his self proclaimed Mullingar Shuffle, reminiscent of the great Ali shuffle. Nevin got the Cuban right where he wanted him with the shuffle making him an easy target.

Hull native Campbell eased through his bantamweight semi-final against Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu winning 20-11. He will find it tougher against Nevin, an opponent he is familiar with.

Campbell has Irish relatives on his dad’s side and they know the Nevin clan in Cavan.

His Irish aunt was telling him how good Nevin is when he last spoke to her.

“The Irish side of my family know the Nevin family pretty well,” he said. “My dad’s mum and dad were from Ireland and one was from Northern Ireland and the other from southern Ireland.

“I was talking to my family in Ireland a few months ago and they all said they knew John Joe and his family.

“We were all talking about what a great fighter he is.

“I knew it could happen at the beginning of this tournament that we could meet again and it’s great to have a GB v Ireland Olympic final.

“He’s done brilliantly and I’ve done fantastically well too, so I’m fully expecting a great final.”

The duo have met each other twice before with both claiming one victory each but the Irish public will be hoping Nevin can get the better of Campbell and guarantee a second gold medal for Ireland.

 

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Nevin Going For Gold

AMATEUR boxer John Joe Nevin faces one of the biggest fights of his career on Friday morning when he hit’s the ring to challenge England’s Luke Campbell for a place in the World Championship final.
The fleet-flooted bantamweight has already achieved one major goal by qualifying for the London Olympics next year through his performances at the championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
It is the second world championships in a row that Mullingar man Nevin has made it to the semi-final – marking him out as the first male Irish boxer in history to win two medals at world championships.
However the 22-year-old will be hoping to do even better than the bronze medal he achieved in Turkey two years ago by going on to claim gold.
The omens look good for Nevin, as the last time he faced Campbell he comprehensively beat him 13-2 in the 2009 European Union semi-final.
If Nevin wins again, then he will be in the final on Sunday against the winner of the other semi-final bout between Lazaro Estrada-Alverez and Anvar Yunusov of Tajikstan.
Two other Irish boxers – flyweight Michael Conlon and middleweight Darren O’Neill – have also qualified for next year’s Olympics by virtue of making the quarter-finals in their respective weight divisions.
However both missed out on reaching the medal stages in Baku by losing closely fought last-eight bouts.
Roy Sheehan could also qualify for the London Games if Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania beats Sapiyev Serik of Kazakhstan in the welterweight semi-final.
Sheehan, of the St Michael’s Athy BC, was beaten by Kavaliauskas in the last-16.
However, boxers losing out in the last-16 in eight of the weight categories from light-fly to light-heavy will qualify for the Olympics if they were beaten by the eventual finalists in those weight classes.

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