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Ireland's 2012 Olympics hero John Joe Nevin makes successful return to boxing

The Mullingar native took part in his first fight in over a year.

John Joe Nevin (file pic).
John Joe Nevin (file pic).
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

IRISH BOXER JOHN Joe Nevin — a silver medallist at the 2012 Olympics — made his long-awaited return to boxing last night.

The Mullingar native defeated England’s Lee Connelly in London, taking part in his first fight in 15 months.

Nevin beat Connelly convincingly, winning all six rounds according to the judges’ scorecards.

The 29-year-old afterwards expressed satisfaction at the victory and thanked his followers for the support.

Nevin now has a record of 9-0 (4KOs) in what has been a stop-start career since turning pro following his success at the 2012 Olympics, with physical, promotional and personal issues all contributing to the fighter’s sporadic appearances in the ring over the past five years.

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