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

John Joe Nevin
Real nameJohn Joseph Nevin
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach67 in (170 cm)
Born (1988-06-07) 7 June 1988 (age 31)
Mullingar, Ireland
Boxing record
Total fights14
Wins by KO4

Early lifeEdit

John Joseph 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.[citation needed]

Amateur careerEdit

2008 | Olympic Games Qualifying TournamentEdit

Nevin qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by winning the first Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy.

2008 | European Union Amateur ChampionshipsEdit

Nevin won the 2008 EU Amateur Championships in Cetniewo, Poland.

2008 | Olympic GamesEdit

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 ChampionshipsEdit

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 ChampionshipsEdit

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 GamesEdit

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 the guarantee of at least a bronze medal.[6]

He 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 ChampionshipsEdit

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

National TitlesEdit

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 Nevin as their #1 choice for the 2013 European Boxing Championships being held in Minsk later that year.[citation needed]

Professional careerEdit

Having announced the previous year that he planned on turning professional,[13] Nevin finally did so in 2013.[14] Speaking on 22 October, 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 17 March 2014 against Alberto Candelaria,[16] winning by unanimous decision.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married with two children.


Nevin has frequently attracted controversy through his involvement in several high profile public order incidents. In 2013, Nevin was arrested and charged following a drunken altercation with his father in a public street in Mullingar.[18][19]

In 2015, Nevin was barred from every public house in his home town of Mullingar by court order, following a violent fracas.[20][21][22]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
14 fights 14 wins 0 losses
By knockout 4 0
By decision 10 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
14 Win 14-0   Freddy Fonseca UD 10 16 Nov 2019   York Hall, London, England Won vacant WBA International super-featherweight title
13 Win 13-0   Jordan Ellison PTS 8 20 Sep 2019   Vale Sports Arena, Cardiff, Wales
12 Win 12-0   Andres Figueroa UD 6 15 Mar 2019   Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
11 Win 11-0   Reynaldo Cajina PTS 8 15 Dec 2018   York Hall, London, England
10 Win 10-0   Alex Torres Rynn UD 8 9 Mar 2018   Parx Casino, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, US
9 Win 9-0   Lee Connelly PTS 6 24 Nov 2017   Tolworth Recreation Centre, London, England
8 Win 8-0   Jesus Lule UD 6 27 Aug 2016   SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
7 Win 7-0   Greg Coverson Jr. UD 6 25 Nov 2015   Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, US
6 Win 6-0   DeWayne Wisdom UD 4 14 Nov 2015   ABC Sports Complex, Springfield, Virginia, US
5 Win 5-0   Jose L Guzman TKO 3 (6) 16 Oct 2015   Aviator Sports Complex, New York City, New York, US
4 Win 4-0   Victor Raul Capaceta RTD 3 (4) 25 Aug 2015   MCU Park, New York City, New York, US
3 Win 3-0   Jack Heath TKO 1 (6) 15 Nov 2014   3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
2 Win 2-0   Calvin Stifford TKO 1 (4) 11 Oct 2014   Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US
1 Win 1-0   Alberto Candelaria UD 6 17 Mar 2014   House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts, US


  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. Archived from the original on 10 September 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Nevin must settle for bronze". RTÉ Sport. 11 September 2009. Archived from the original on 14 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. ^ "Nevin defeats Abutalipov, 15–10". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  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.
  8. ^ "London 2012 56kg men - Olympic Boxing". Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  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. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  13. ^ Hogan, Vincent (6 October 2012). "John Joe stepping into a starker, meaner world". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Nevin starts likely exodus". Irish Examiner. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Olympic hero John Joe Nevin turns pro". Irish Independent. 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. ^ "Olympic hero John Joe Nevin 'aggressive' to gardai and father during street row, court hears -". Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Nevin to give boxing class after probation ruling". 5 December 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Boxer John Joe Nevin charged with violent disorder". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Judge brands legal aid system 'a joke' as bail of €7,000 paid in cash". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Judge brands legal aid system 'a joke' as bail of €7,000 paid in cash". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 February 2017.

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