Emily Harney/INPHO John Joe Nevin making his professional debut last month.
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Man arrested after Olympic medallist John Joe Nevin injured in Mullingar attack
The boxer is believed to have suffered a broken leg.

Updated 9.45pm

A MAN IN his 20s has been arrested after Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin suffered a broken leg in an attack this morning.

Nevin, who won the bantamweight silver at the 2012 London Olympics, is recovering in hospital after he was attacked in the Ardleigh area of Mullingar.

Gardaí were called to the scene of the dispute outside a house at approximately 11.30am.

Three people, including Nevin, were hospitalised following the incident. The other two injured people – a man and a woman, both in their 20s – are believed to have minor injuries.

The man in his 20s was arrested this afternoon and is being held at Mullingar Garda Station.

Gardaí have said that enquiries are ongoing and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

In a statement issued this evening, Nevin’s promoters GreenBlood Boxing confirmed that the boxer was injured while “attempting to act as a peacemaker” in a family dispute when he was attacked.

The injury — confirmed as a double leg break — is expected to keep the 24-year old out of the ring for between two and three months.

“Our schedule has been thrown off by a few months but hopefully we’ll have John Joe back working hard by mid-summer and have him fighting again stateside in September,” Tom Moran of GreenBlood said.

“John Joe is okay and hopefully the Garda will take care of the matter now. We were hoping to get John Joe headlining a card in Ireland in the fall but we may have to push that back some now because the big push is making him a major attraction in the Irish American audience. We have talks about New York, Boston and Philadelphia fights so we’ll keep working on it.”

Additional reporting: Christine Bohan

Originally published 2.46pm

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