Michael Nevin got Ireland off to a winning start at the World Elites in Ekaterinburg, Russia today.

The Portlaoise BC middleweight beat Moldova’s Andrei Vreme to set up at last 32 meeting with Lithuania’s Vytautas Balsys.

The former European Schoolboy,Junior and Youth champion produced a controlled display off boxing to take all three rounds en route to a unanimous decision versus Vreme.

Most of the Irish squad, with the exception of No.6 seed Kurt Walker, are starting off at the last 64 of the Championships.

Walker awaits the winner of the Samuel Kostohurry (France) versus David Avila (Columbia) last 64 bout.

Kane Tucker and Kiril Afanasev are between the ropes tomorrow versus Kyrgyzstan and Australia in the light heavy and heavy classes.


2019 World Elite Men’s Championships Ekaterinburg, Russia

September 9

Last 64

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Andri Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

September 10

Last 64

81kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) v Erkin Adylbek (Kyrgyzstan)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) v Austin Aokuso (Australia)

September 12

Last 64

52kg Regan Buckley (Ireland) v Aldoms Suquor (Indonesia)
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Matthew Alexander (Trinidad & Tobago)

September 13

Last 64

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Miroslav Kapuler (Israel)

September 14

Last 32

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Vytautas Balsys (Lithuania)

September 15

Last 32

57kg Kurt Walker v Samuel Kostohurry (France) or David Avila (Columbia)

Irish squad

52kg: Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s)
57kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)
63kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise)
69kg: Aidan Walsh (Monkstown)
75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg: Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg: Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield)

High-Performnce Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: John Conlan and Eoin Pluck