Olympic hero John Joe Nevin wants to become the leading light of Irish boxing and says he cannot wait to fulfill his dream of fighting as a professional in his homeland when he makes his third appearance as a pro at The 3Arena in Dublin on November 15.
The Olympic silver medalist left the amateur ranks behind after winning European gold last summer and says he is excited to continue to represent Ireland as a professional.
“It has always been a dream to box in front of my home fans as a professional.
“I really cannot wait for Saturday night.
“There are some big name boxers in Ireland but they are pushing towards the end of their careers now and I want to be the one to take over Irish boxing. I would love something like what Luke Campbell has in Hull.
“As a pro it is more like you are boxing for yourself but I am still representing Ireland as a professional. I feel the pressure of the Irish support and I want to perform for them.
“It is amazing to fight in front of the Irish fans. Looking back on the Olympics, it gives me goose bumps to think what the crowd was like. It is an amazing feeling, the Irish are great fans, and I think Saturday night is going to be a great show.
“It is like making my pro debut again because this time it is at home. It will be a packed out crowd in a big arena and it is a great promoter putting on the show. It is going to be great.”
Nevin’s bout is part of a fantastic line-up of action in Dublin, topped by Matthew Macklin’s title eliminator against Jorge Sebastian Heiland.