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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
John Joe Nevin rethinks going pro

By Dan Rafael

In October, Amir Khan’s newly formed Super Fight Promotions announced that it had signed its second fighter: Ireland’s John Joe Nevin, the 23-year-old who won the bantamweight silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics (beating Top Rank prospect Oscar Valdez of Mexico in the quarterfinals).

Nevin was supposed to make his professional debut on Jan. 19 in Manchester, England.

But on Tuesday, Super Fight Promotions announced that Nevin, a five-time national amateur champion and a two-time world amateur championships bronze medalist, has had a change of heart. He will remain amateur.

Super Fight said in a statement that it was told of the decision Monday night by Nevin’s representative, Lynn Hunter, who said Nevin would compete in the semi-pro World Series of Boxing tournament, which is run by AIBA, the controversial organization that oversees amateur boxing and is attempting to gain a foothold in professional boxing.

“Super Fight Promotions are disappointed by his decision but would like to sincerely wish him the very best of luck if he feels this is the best choice at this point in his career,” the statement continued.

Khan, a former junior welterweight titlist and 2004 Olympic silver medalist, who is training for his own fight on Dec. 15 against Carlos Molina, also chimed in.

“It’s disappointing that John Joe will be staying amateur as I firmly believe that he has the potential to make big waves in the professional scene,” Khan said. “Nevertheless, I respect his decision to represent the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing and do not rule out the possibility of working with him in the future.”