Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin has ditched plans to turn professional and signed up to fight for the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing next season.
Mullingar’s London Olympic medal hero is joined on the amateur Lionhearts squad by European champion Joe Ward and could now fight at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janero.
Nevin had previously announced he would sign a professional contract with former world champion Amir Khan’s newly formed Super Fight Promotions.
However, he did not sign a contract with the 2004 Olympic silver medallist and has now decided to remain amateur.
Wales’ Fred Evans, who also won a silver medal at the London Olympics this summer, is also in the squad, while fellow Olympian and compatriot Andrew Selby will also compete for the newly formed team.
The Lionhearts will face up against teams from Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the USA in Group B with contests consisting of five fights, at five different weights.
"I firmly believe that he has the potential to make big waves in the professional scene" - Amir Khan
Khan later said that he wished Nevin the best of luck and said that they may work together in the future.
He said: “It’s disappointing that John Joe will be staying amateur as I firmly believe that he has the potential to make big waves in the professional scene.
"Nevertheless, I respect his decision to represent the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing and do not rule out the possibility of working with him in the future.”