With Agenda having confirmed that Michael Conlon is to stay amateur for another four years, it now looks almost certain to be confirmed that Katie Taylor will follow the same path.
Mullingar’s John Joe Nevin, a silver medalist from the recent Olympic Games, is to have talks with a major UK promoter with a view to turning professional – with his first pro bout likely to be early next year. The 23 year-old also has a “lucrative” offer from Germany, so he has plenty of options.
Another young amateur boxer who has a decision to make is Joe Ward. The light heavyweight was unlucky not to make the London Olympics, but whether he’ll still be on the amateur scene in four year’s time is by no means decided. His coach, Eddie Bolger, has said that the Westmeath native has had six “firm” offers to turn pro.
Ward has returned to training with Billy Walsh’s stable with the high performance team and undertook an 8km run up the Dublin mountains as part of that return to training. Bolger reportedly wants Ward to compete at the European U23 Championships in Russia in December.