Khan signs silver medalist Nevin

October, 16, 2012
10/16/12
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Two weeks ago, Amir Khan's newly formed Super Fight Promotions announced its first signing -- the former junior welterweight titleholder's brother, 21-year-old flyweight Haroon Khan, who will soon be making his pro debut.

Now Super Fight Promotions has announced the signing of its second fighter, Ireland's John Joe Nevin, 23, who won the bantamweight silver medal in the 2012 Olympics (and who beat newly signed Top Rank prospect Oscar Valdez of Mexico in the quarterfinals).

Nevin also was a five-time national amateur champion and a two-time world amateur championships bronze medalist. His pro debut is scheduled for Jan. 19 in Manchester, England.

"When I saw John Joe Nevin at the Olympics, he really impressed me and I knew right away he was a real talent," said Khan, in announcing the signing. "He's slick, moves well and has a lot of attributes that I know will take him very far as a professional. I'm extremely pleased that we have managed to bring him to Super Fight Promotions because he's exactly the type of young, exciting and gifted talent we want under our banner.

"We have high hopes for him and under Super Fight Promotions he will have the best platform in which to fulfill his enormous potential."

Said Nevin, "I have enjoyed my time with the Irish team and am extremely proud of what we have achieved to date. I would like to win a world title and this is the route that I need to take. I am excited for the future and I'm looking forward to continuing my relationship with my trainer and working with Super Fight Promotions. I decided to go with Amir as he is a professional boxer and understands the professional game. He himself was an Olympic medalist, so he has gone through the transition from amateur to professional. I'm looking forward to my first professional fight in the New Year."

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