Nevin Tops WSB Rankings

Irish senior champion John Joe Nevin has gone back on top of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) bantamweight rankings, following his win for Paris United over Milan's Vitaliy Volkov in Paris on Friday night.Nevin beat the Ukrainian on a unanimous decision as United hammered the Italians 4-1 to move three points clear at the top of the WSB European Team Championships set after six matches.

Friday's win was the Cavan BC bantamweight's third victory from three outings in the WSB Team Championships which will be determined over 12 matches.The two top ranked boxers in the bantamweight, lightweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight from the Team Championships qualify for the WSB Individual Championships, which has five Olympic places up for grabs.

If Mullingar-born Nevin, the youngest member of the Irish 2008 Olympic boxing squad, qualifies for the WSB Individual Championships then he will have to win just one fight to book his ticket for the 30th Olympiad in London.Nevin will be offered for selection for United's next match against Milan in Paris on later this month. He's already beaten Milan's three bantamweights, Olympic bronze medalist Vincenzo Picardi, Vittorio Parrinello and Volkov in international and WSB competition.


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