John Joe Nevin vows to put circus act opponent to sleep


John Joe Nevin [9(4)-0] is days away from topping his first bill against his toughest opponent yet, and the Mullingar super featherweight is enjoying the experience.

The 2012 London Olympic silver medalist will fight for the tenth time as a pro on Friday March 9th in Philadelphia, facing an opponent who is coming to win and has been vocal in the build-up.

Nevin boxes unbeaten Mexican-Canadian Alex Torres Rynn [6(3)-0] on the Joe Hand Promotions bill at the Parx Casino in Bensalem.

It will be the 28-year-old’s first headline appearance and first eight rounder as his career looks to finally kick into gear after four years. ‘The Golden Aztec’ Rynn, who hails from Mexico City but fights out of Calgary, believes he has the better pro experience and has been confident in the lead-in.

Doubl World bronze medalist Nevin though plans to punish the 31-year-old for his brashness and explained how “I don’t know him, he knows me. Apparently, he’s talking some shit about him. I’ve never shared a ring with him, although apparently, we were in Germany for a training camp before the World Championships in 2011.”

“He just wants to make a name for himself. He just wants to build the fight and the hype.”

‘The Mullingar Shuffler’ believes it is false bravado and reasoned how “I don’t think he’s that stupid to think he can win on the night. He’s getting his ass kicked. He can’t talk so much when he’s sleep!”

“I’ve seen a bit, it looks like they brought him out of the circus or something.”

“Unless I fall asleep in the ring, that’s his only chance. And even then, I think I’d still beat him in my sleep.”

That said, Nevin is grateful for the level of opposition in America. The Irish amateur legend was speaking at a media workout with coach Bozy Ennis and noted how “they fight over here.”

“Back home everyone respects me because of who I am and what I’ve done, and that makes them too nervous to have a go. Out here they don’t care even if you’re a gold medalist, they don’t care what you’ve done in the past.”

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Joe O'Neill

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