Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Michael Nevin displays his European bronze medal on arrival home in Dublin airport Photo: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

DESPITE being disappointed at losing out at the semi-final stage of the European Games Portlaoise boxer is still very positive and is looking forward to the future. And he has every entitlement to be as he came home with the bronze medal.
His Coach Pat Ryan couldn’t praise his young prodigy enough.
“Michael beat three world class opponents, and in doing so, had to deliver three world class performances, to win his first Senior Elite bronze medal,” said Pat.
His first opponent to beat was, Mark Dickinson, the British ABA Champion, a Commonwealth gold medallist, European champion 2017 and Senior Elite British ABA Champion.
His second opponent was the Azerbaijani Kamran Shakhsuvarly a European champion. and silver medallist as well as being a World and Olympic bronze medallist.
His third opponent was the Turkish champion Serhat Gular.
His opponent in the semi-final, for a silver medal, was the Italian champion Salvatore Cavallaro, a very tough rugged southpaw.
“Michael started very well and was winning the round and in control of the bout. He was extremely unlucky to get caught with a right forearm strike on the back of his head. Video evidence, clearly shows beyond doubt that this is so,” said Pat.
Michael made no excuse and no complaints. He knows, regardless of whatever is thrown at him, he must have the mechanism to defend against it. He made no complaint, and to my knowledge, neither did the Irish management team. We will learn from this unfortunate happening and move on.
“Michael has proven his class, beyond doubt. That’s what is important for us,” said Pat.
“Michael received six stitches in his third contest. He may have changed tactics to be ahead if and when the cut would open. He was a little bit anxious more than normal to achieve been ahead. This may have cost along with the unfortunate forearm strike to the head.”
An interesting statistic for Michael is that he has won medals in every European championships he boxed in – European Schoolboys gold medal, European Senior Cadets gold medal, European Youths gold medal, Youth World bronze medal and European Senior Elite Championships bronze medal. A remarkable pedigree for a boy of just 20 years.

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