Nevin fails in boxing gold bid

Published Saturday, 11 August 2012
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Ireland's John Joe Nevin had to settle for silver after losing the men's bantamweight Olympic final to Britain's Luke Campbell on Saturday night.

Nevin fails in boxing gold bid
Luke Campbell of Great Britain (in blue) is declared winner over John Joe Nevin (© Getty)

Campbell claimed the title with a 14-11 victory in front of a 10,000 sell-out crowd at the ExCel arena.

The Team GB boxer landed a superb left-hand counter in the final round to floor his Irish opponent, who had beaten him in 2009 before the Hull man gained revenge with a close win in last year's World Championship semi-finals.

Nevin's tactics seemed to play into the hands of Campbell, who took a deserved 5-3 first-round lead.

An improved showing reduced the deficit to one point going into the final round, but Campbell made sure of the gold with a fine late effort, including the eye-catching counter that sent the Mullingar boxer to the canvas.

Team Ireland finish the Olympic Games with five medals in total - four in boxing, with Katie Taylor clinching gold in the women's lightweight division.

Darren O'Neill, captain of the Irish Boxing Team, has been selected as the Irish flag bearer at the London 2012 closing ceremony on Sunday.

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Comments Comments
pd in North of Ireland wrote (901 days ago):
The bigotry on this page is a disgrace. Orange dinosaurs.
Paul in Lurgan wrote (901 days ago):
john joe nevin boxes out of Cavan boxing club, and as Cavan is in Ulster, it has been reported on Ulster rocket science
joe in belfast wrote (902 days ago):
well done LUKE CAMPBELL, wise up utv...
WTF in Ards wrote (902 days ago):
Couldn't agree more with the majority of posters. Why is the headline not, 'Team GB & NI win another gold'. Our country won for god's sake. The media seems to be controlled by university educated SDLP types who attempt to brain wash us all into being Irish......we're not.
Glen in Belfast wrote (903 days ago):
Seriously? UTV? We are in Northern Ireland our team is Great Britain AND Northern Ireland... so WE WON THAT FIGHT! Why is this being taken from a Team Ireland point of view? Sick of the republicans behind the scene of UTV
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