Nevin signs up for World Boxing Series

October 21, 2010

It is believed Nevin will earn €153,000 over the duration of his three-year contract.

Nevin, the youngest member of the Irish Olympic boxing team that won Ireland’s only medals at the Beijing Games in 2008, will line out for the French side, who have adopted the name Paris United, against Milan – nicknamed Milano Thunder – in their first match next month.

Istanbul, nicknamed Istanbulls, and Moscow, who have adopted the name Kremlin Bears, make up the four-team European group.

Eight other sides in the Asian and Americas groups – which includes Ken Egan’s Miami team – will battle it out home and away over 12 matches in the inaugural 2010/11 season stretching from November to March.

The top sides and the best runner-up in the three groups will qualify for the WSB play-offs with two winners advancing from the play-offs to the finals in Macau, China, next March.

The top ranked boxers in the WSB Team Championships will qualify for the WSB Individual Championships, which will also act as a qualifier for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Boxers taking part in the WSB, which is fully endorsed by world amateur boxing chiefs AIBA will be paid a salary, crucially, however, WSB boxers will not lose their Olympics status.

‘I’m delighted to have signed with Paris,’ said the 2008 European Union champion Nevin.

‘Paris is just a two-hour flight from Ireland and I know one of the coaches and Alexis Vastine so I won’t be a stranger out there.

‘The Individual World Series of Boxing is a great incentive as it offers an extra opportunity for boxers to qualify for the London Olympics which is a major goal of mine over the next two years.

‘I’ve had a look at my opponents in the World Series of Boxing on the European teams and I’m ranked higher than them so I believe I can do well. I’m going to have some tough challenges ahead, but that’s what it’s all about at this level.’

 

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