Teaching Tevin – John Joe Nevin steps up his pursuit of world champion with Irish previous

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John Joe Nevin [14(4)-0] believes he can teach noted stylist Tevin Farmer [30(6)-4(2)-1] a things or two about being slick.

The Westmeath fighter had stated his desire to get Irish revenge over the reigning IBF super featherweight world champion during to the build up to his York Hall hosted fight on Saturday.

Post claiming the WBA International title live on Channel 5 by beating Freddy Fonseca, the world champion who holds wins over James Tennyson and Jono Carroll was still on Nevin’s mind.

‘The Mullingar Shuffler’ knows, that despite securing a career best win on Saturday, he is a few wins off a world title shot.

However, the Olympic silver medal winner believes not only is he ready for the DAZN name, but can teach the noted skills operator the art of boxing.

“Obviously I won’t get the champions straight away… but we are coming for Tevin Farmer,” Nevin told IFL TV after the win.

“He has beaten two Irish guys and he has a title I want. No disrespect to Jono Carroll or James Tennyson they are great fighters, tough boys with big hearts, but they haven’t got what I have and that’s boxing skills and masterclass. I can teach Tevin Farmer, he is a class at what he does, but I can teach him a few extra things that I have,” Nevin added before heralding the Philly fighter for bouncing back form early career defeats.

“He is very good. He has come through a lot. Who would have given him a chance to win a world title after six or seven fights he has done tremendous.”

Reflecting on his unanimous-decision win over his Nicaraguan opponent, Nevin was quite sensible.

He made a step up that would have come a lot earlier, but for injuries and inactivity with relative ease, but does feel there is room for improvement.

“I got the win, dropping him, he waked onto a good shot. He has only been stopped once before and that was by Jo Jo Diaz, who is obviously challenging Tevin Farmer for a title.

“It was my first competitive fight, as a boy said, it was my first time to dig into the trenches and to go the championships rounds in terms of nine and 10. It’s not the best performance, we could do a lot better, but once we got the knock down we took the foot off the gas a bit. I was looking for it too much then. We can do a lot better.”

It was the first fight of genuine note for the Irish amateur standout and it’s a win he wants to build on.

“I need these big fights now. I have this title and I can’t step back. I have more experience, I have fought a tough opponent and we will be ready for the next one. Bring on these good guys now. “


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]