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Olympic silver medalist John Joe Nevin goes pro

DUBLIN -- Ireland's Olympic silver medalist John Joe Nevin has confirmed that he will not continue amateur fighting until the 2016 Rio Game and will instead join the professional ranks.

The 23-year-old bantamweight lost out to Britain's Luke Campbell in his London 2012 final. He has signed up for Amir Khan's new promotional company Super Fight who announced he will fight at the Manchester Evening News Arena on Jan. 19.

"This was a really tough decision for me as I have trained with the (Ireland) high performance team for many years and we are a tight family unit," said Nevin.

"I have enjoyed my time with the Irish team and am extremely proud of what we have achieved to date.

"I would like to win a world title and this is the route that I need to take.

"I decided to go with Amir as he is a professional boxer and understands the professional game.

"He himself was an Olympic medalist so he has gone through the transition from amateur to professional. I'm looking forward to my first professional fight in the new year.

"When I saw John Joe Nevin at the Olympics he really impressed me and I knew right away he was a real talent," said Khan, who was a silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

"He's slick, moves well and has a lot of attributes that I know will take him very far as a professional."

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