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Onwards and upwards for Nevin

Friday, 18th January, 2013 5:25pm

Story by Tom Kelly
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Onwards and upwards for Nevin

John Joe Nevin records his first win of 2013.

Onwards and upwards for Nevin

John Joe Nevin records his first win of 2013.

John Joe Nevin says that his eyes are firmly fixed on the upcoming Elite Boxing Championships after recording his first victory of the year last night.

The Olympic silver medalist was the British Lionhearts' standout performer in their comprehensive WSB victory over the USA Knockouts in London's York Hall.

John Joe, who was narrowly beaten in his first WSB outing in November, was in impressive form throughout his bout with USA Knockout's Daouda Sow.

On the front foot from the first bell, Nevin won all five rounds against his French opponent. Such was his dominance that in the last round he managed a few steps of the Mullingar Shuffle, much to the delight of the large Irish contingent in the crowd.

Speaking after the fight, John Joe said that he is coming into form at exactly the right time for next month's national championships.

"We could have gone another five rounds there and my last fight before the Christmas I was asking him [my trainer] to get me out after the second round.

"It's a quare difference - we put in a lot of work and we're only going to build from there. Monday morning it's straight back to the gym. We have a national title to win and we're back to winning ways."

Nevin's team mate and fellow Westmeath man Joe Ward also recorded a victory in the Lionhearts' 5-0 defeat of their American opponents. It was Ward's third win in three WSB outings.

It was not such a good night at the office for Irish international Michael Conlon, who was making his first appearance for the US team. Conlon last out to Andrew Selby of Wales.

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