Tall, elegant and with a reach that looks a threat to opponents in neighbouring counties, Michael Nevin added to his reputation as one as the stand out talents in Irish underage boxing last weekend.
The Portlaoise BC teenager secured his 10th Irish title at the U/18 Championships last Saturday at Dublin’s National Stadium to stake his claim for inclusion on the Irish team for November’s AIBA World Youth Championships in St Petersburg, Russia.
He completed a unique Continental hat-trick after winning European Youth gold in Poland in 2015.
Charmingly modest about his remarkable achievements so far, Nevin beat talented Ballinacarrow BC middleweight Jason Clancy in Saturday’s 75kg final at the home of Irish boxing, capping his performance with a vintage third round.
“The first round, while I won it, I was just getting going.The second and third then I picked it up a small bit, said Nevin, who was beaten by Brett McGinty, who secured an U/18 title last Friday night, in the U/18 welter semi-finals earlier this year but who has since moved up a click to middle.
“I feel a lot stronger now at 75kg than I did at 69kg. I feel a lot fitter, faster, now.”
Pat Ryan, President of the IABA and a Portlaoise BC man, hailed Nevin’s application to his craft and attitude.
“He’s after winning three European titles and it speaks volumes.I think the real attribute Michael has is that he has a wonderful attitude.
“He’s an extremely talented and skilful boxer. His application to his training and everything to do with being successful is commendable.
“We’re very proud of him.”
The Irish Athletic Boxing Association are using the U/18 Championships as part of their selection process for November’s AIBA World Youth Championships in Russia.