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Boxing: John Joe Nevin 'heartbroken' but noble after Olympic final defeat

Updated: Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 14:45 | Comments

John Joe Nevin flies the flag and wears the medal
John Joe Nevin flies the flag and wears the medal



Ireland’s John Joe Nevin was heartbroken but magnanimous in defeat following his loss to Britain’s Luke Campbell by 14-11 in the bantamweight final at the ExCel Arena yesterday.

RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey talked to the Mullingar man immediately after the fight and Nevin said: “I’d have taken a bronze medal coming here but when I got so far I wanted to go the whole way.

“I feel I’m a failure because I didn’t and because I’d beaten him well before, and we’ve a bit of background there between us. I’m devastated to lose."

"I’m heartbroken, I wanted the gold. I wanted to join the club with Katie Taylor and Michael Carruth" - John Joe Nevin

He continued: “If it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be.”

Nevin then paid tribute to his opponent saying. “Luke is a tremendous boxer, a tremendous boxer. He was at the final of the world championships and now he’s after taking the Olympics so I can take nothing away from him.

“He’s very tall and rangey but I don’t think I performed to my best on the day but I’m happy still with a silver medal.”

Marty then echoed what all Irish fans must have been thinking, saying: “Well can I correct you on one thing John Joe Nevin – you’re far from a failure, you’re an Olympic silver medallist and all of us in Ireland are very proud of you.”

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