'I'd love to share a ring with him' - John Joe Nevin eyes up dream fight with Carl Frampton

The Mullingar boxer returned to the ring last weekend after a nine month absence.

Frampton's unbeaten record now stands at 8-0.
Frampton's unbeaten record now stands at 8-0.
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AFTER MAKING A victorious return to the ring last weekend, John Joe Nevin has said he is eyeing up bigger and better things as he looks to ignite his professional career.

The Mullingar boxer defeated American Jesus Lule on points in their super-featherweight bout in Philadelphia last Friday, bringing his unbeaten record to 8-0.

It was his first fight in nine months after a horrific leg injury resulted in him having a four-pound steel bar inserted, and then removed, from his leg.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Game On last night, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist revealed he will eventually drop down to the featherweight division.

“I’m back in the ring and hopefully headlining the show at the SugarHouse Casino on October 28th,” he said.

“I’m looking for bigger fights and stepping up in class. I’m going up to an eight-rounder next time and I’m eventually going to drop down to 126lbs, which is Carl Frampton’s weight.”

His time in the pro-tanks has been a slow burner so far but now that’s he’s fully fit and returning to his best form, the 24-year-old firmly believes he’s building towards a world title fight.

On the possibility of meeting Carl Frampton for an all-Ireland bout, Nevin said: “Carl Frampton is a brilliant boxer and I have lots of respect for him, so everything going well, I’d love to share a ring with him.

“That’s my dream, to box Carl in front of all these Irish fans.”

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