John Joe Nevin feels Michael Conlan will thrive in the professional ranks

Both men won Olympic medals at London 2012

BY Daniel Kelly 11:21 Thursday 25 August 2016, 11:21 25 Aug 2016

Ireland's 2012 Olympic medalists Michael Conlan and John Joe Nevin. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Mullingar boxer John Joe Nevin remains the only Irish medalist from London 2012 to join the professional ranks.

Nevin won a silver medal in the Bantamweight division before deciding to leave the amateur game. In April 2014, he broke both of his legs, but has returned to the ring, and now holds an unbeaten 7-0 record.

The 28-year-old is in an ideal position to comment on Michael Conlan's position. Nevin told The Sun that he feels the Belfast World Champion will thrive in the paid ranks.

“Michael will be a good pro, no doubt about that."

The two men look likely to compete in the same division with Conlan moving up to Bantamweight. Conlan's London 2012 bronze medal came in the Flyweight division.

While Nevin called Conlan's loss to Vladimir Nikitin as "disgraceful", he does think that the Belfast star won the fight, despite a tight final round.

Nevin returns to the ring in Philadelphia on Friday night for the first time since last November's win over Greg Coverson. The Mullingar star faces Jesus Lule as he looks to improve his record to 8-0.

Conlan and Nevin will both be competing in the same weight class, which sees Carl Frampton as a World Champion. There could be some mouth-watering domestic fights to see in the coming years.


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