Irish boxer John Joe Nevin has confirmed that he will continue his boxing career in the professional ranks after winning a silver medal at the London Olympics.
The Mullingar native has signed up to box with former world champion Amir Khan’s newly formed Super Fight Promotions.
As well as landing the silver in London, the 23-year-old bantamweight brought home medals from two World Championships and is a five-time Irish Senior champion.
Speaking on RTÉ Television’s Saturday Night Show, Nevin said: “I would like to win a world title and this is the route that I need to take. I am excited for the future and looking forward to continuing my relationship with my trainer (Cavan Boxing Club's Brian McKeown) and working with Khan promotions.
"I decided to go with Amir as he is a professional boxer and understands the professional game.
"He himself was an Olympic medallist so he has gone through the transition from amateur to professional. I'm looking forward to my first professional fight in the new year."
Nevin paid tribute to the support given to him during his amateur status by the Irish Sports Council, the IABA and Team Ireland High Performance Unit coach, Billy Walsh.
He said: "This was a really tough decision for me as I have trained with the high performance team for many years and we are a tight family unit.
“I have enjoyed my time with the Irish team and extremely proud of what we have achieved to date."
Amir Khan said: “When I saw John Joe Nevin at the Olympics he really impressed me and I knew right away he was a real talent.
“He’s slick, moves well and has a lot of attributes that I know will take him very far as a professional.
“I’m extremely pleased that we have managed to bring him to Super Fight Promotions because he’s exactly the type of young, exciting and gifted talent we want under our banner.
“We have high hopes for him and under Super Fight Promotions he will have the best platform in which to fulfil his enormous potential.”
Nevin's first professional fight is likely to happen in January next year in the MEN Arena in Manchester.