U-turn: John Joe Nevin to stay amateur, eyes tilt at Olympic gold

The London 2012 silver medalist has dropped Amir Khan for the World Series of Boxing.

Ireland's John Joe Nevin.
Ireland's John Joe Nevin.
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

JOHN JOE NEVIN has changed his mind about turning professional.

The Olympic silver medalist has instead signed up to fight for the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing next year.

The Mullingar native will be joined on the Lionhearts team by European champion, Joe Ward.

Nevin had last month announced on Brendan O’Connor’s Saturday Night Show that he was to turn professional with Amir Khan. But it’s understood he did not sign a contract with the Bolton boxer.

The Lionhearts and the USA are joined in Group B of the WSB by Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine.

Confirmed British Lionhearts team currently: Bantamweights (54kg) Charlie Edwards (England), Sean McGoldrick (Wales), Andrew Selby (Wales), Gamal Yafai (England); Lightweights (61kg) Joseph Cordina (Wales), Sam Maxwell (England), John Joe Nevin (Ireland), Josh Taylor (Scotland); Middleweights (73kg) Aston Brown (73kg), Fred Evans (Wales), Anthony Fowler (England), Adriani Vastine (France); Light Heavyweights (85kg) Babacar Kamara (Sweden), Lawrence Osueke (England), Joe Ward (Ireland); Heayweights (91+kg) Mohammed Arjaoui (Morocco), Frazer Clarke (England), Uaine Fa (Tonga) and Joe Joyce (England).

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