The biggest character on the Irish boxing team is also the smallest.
John Joe Nevin, a bantamweight, is a member of Ireland's homegrown Gypsy community, known as the travellers. They're renowned for underground bare-knuckle fighting contests.
The 5-foot-9 (1.80 m) Nevin has a refreshingly direct approach both inside the ring and out.
Following his opening 21-6 win versus Denmark's Dennis Ceylan, Nevin was asked a series of increasingly intricate questions about how he managed to score particular points. One journalist, unsatisfied with the explanations, asked Nevin if he knew how the scoring system worked.
His reply: "You just want to hit him more times than he hits you, and you're grand."
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