Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin has said the next aim in his career is to win the a world title belt in the professional game.

But the Mullingar pugilist admitted a lucrative deal from the Sports Council and the Irish Boxing Association could see him maintain his amateur status for another four years until the next Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Nevin revealed that he will be taking part in an amateur bout in the Downs GAA club in Westmeath on 29 September and would announce his plans for the future on the night.

The 23-year-old said: "My next aim now is to be a world champion professional.

"I get plenty of support from the IBA [but] another part of me thinks about having a big belt wrapped around me and walking through Mullingar with it, a world title belt."