Nevin fights in New York
Olympic silver medallist puts troubles behind him with a brand new deal
"Brutal assault leaves boxer with broken legs."
"Barred from pub in Westmeath"
"Charged with violent disorder."
Ireland's Olympic silver medal winner John Joe Nevin couldn't have imagined the headlines that lay ahead when he announced in 2013 that he was turning pro.
No one said life would be easy away from the Elite Squad environment of the the amateur code.
But manager Tom Moran,of Philadelphia-based Green Blood Boxing stood by his man and introduced Nevin to big-time promoter Cameron Dunkin, who also promotes Brandon Rios, Nonito Donaire and Terence Crawford.
"He can fight," says Dunkin. "He's a great kid. He wants to fight all the time."
Since signing with Moran, the man who perfected the Mullingar Shuffle has fought just eight rounds. He's had three pro fights. His first went the full six rounds with Nevin winning by unanimous decision. He ended his other two bouts in the first round.
After all the setbacks, the horrific injuries and the court appearances, Nevin is due back at work on Tuesday night when he meets Victor Raul Capaceta (4-7-3, 2 KOs) at MCU Park in Coney Island on a show called "Brooklyn Brawl".
"I haven't fought since last year," says John Joe. "I'm looking forward to getting the rust off and showing what I can do."
Moran has faith in Nevin's talent. "We believe John Joe is perhaps the best fighter in Irish history," he's told me.
As he prepares to fight a Mexican, who Moran describes as "durable. He's never been stopped", John Joe is brimming with enthusiasm.
"I've fought all over the world and have always dreamed of boxing in New York," he says. "I can't wait to get back in the ring."