Irish Olympic medalist boxer John Joe Nevin injured after assault in hometown

Scott Heavey

John Joe Nevin, who won silver for Ireland at London 2012, may have suffered a broken leg in an assault in Mullingar, Ireland.

John Joe Nevin, a 24-year-old pro boxing prospect and a silver medalist for Ireland at the 2012 Olympic games, was reportedly assaulted in his hometown and left with a possible broken leg.

From Independent.ie:

"It's understood a gang of men went to Nevin's house at Ardleigh in Mullingar this morning at approximately 10.30am.

"The boxer was assaulted during the incident - he has sustained serious but non life-threatening injuries including a suspected broken leg."

... "It is understood there have been a number of serious incidents in recent weeks involving altercations between members of a number of families in the area."

Nevin made his pro debut on St. Patrick's Day (March 17) in Boston, beating Alberto Candelaria by six-round unanimous decision. In London at the 2012 Summer Games, Nevin defeated current pro prospects Dennis Ceylan of Denmark and Oscar Valdez of Mexico, plus defending 2011 World Amateur champion Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba. He lost to another current pro prospect, Luke Campbell, in the gold medal match.

Along with his silver medal in London, Nevin won gold at the 2008 EU Amateur Championships and 2013 European Amateur Championships; silver at the 2009 EU Amateur Championships; and bronze at the 2009 and 2011 Worlds in Milan and Baku, respectively.

If Nevin has suffered a broken leg, that is certainly going to stunt his progress in the short term, and depending on the severity of the injury, could be a long-term injury concern, as well.

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