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‘Good touch for a big man’ – Paddy Nevin skills his way to comeback win

Paddy Nevin brought to an end over a year out of the ring with a comfortable victory in Spain this evening.

The Dublin heavy showed no signs of ring rust putting in an extremely fluid and polished performance against Freddy Ponguillo on a KO Boxing card in Alcala La Real.

The Stephen O’Rourke trained heavy was comfortable from start to finish and earned a shut out points win.

There will be some who will argue Nevin should have been more aggressive and knockout hungry. However, it was just his second fight in two years and getting rounds in may have been part of the remit. Regardless he showed impressive skill set and boxing IQ, Nevin is the boxing equivalent of footballs ‘good touch for a big man’ striker.

Nevin boxed off a snappy jab in the opening round and looked comfortable over the three mins period. He began to put them together in the second half of the round but was boxing within himself at a steady pace.

His debutant opponent was calling him on and looking to go to work whilst jabbing to the body effectively.

‘The Quietman’ increased the weight behind his shots in the second and let them go more regular. Again the double jab was impressive and Nevin showed the kind of fluidness that prompted the commentators to make Tyson Fury comparisons.

The Steven O’Rourke trained fighter continued to dominate in the third, his opponent did press more but allowed the Dublin big man to show his skill set. Nevin was comfortable on his feet and pulled out every shot in the book as he easily banked another round. At that stage, Nevin looked a gear change away from securing a stoppage.

However, it was ‘La Roca’ who came out guns blazing in the fourth and final stanza. The Irish heavyweight never looked flustered used his feet well to avoid any danger and outclassed his fourth career opponent in the second half of the round.

The win see’s Nevin improve to 4-0 while his debutant opponent exited the ring with a 0-1 record.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com