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Medal Machine Michael Nevin – “This won’t be my last World Championships”

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World Youth bronze medalist Michael Nevin is already planning for future glory just days after arriving home from Russia.

The Portlaoise middleweight looked sensational in St Petersburg, where he stormed to the semi finals, barely taking a shot throughout his first three fights. In the last four however he would come up against Scotland’s Willie Hutchinson and would lose out after a cagey and tactical bout. The Lanark fighter would go on to claim gold.

Triple European gold medalist Nevin recognises the enormity of his achievement last week, but admits to being slightly disappointed with bronze.

The 18 year old told that “it’s great to win a World medal, but my aim was to get a gold. But I will learn from this, and this won’t be my last World Championships.”

“I will take a few weeks off and then focus on improving my skill and getting stronger at 75kg.”

On the semi final itself, Nevin notes how he feels he has the capability of beating Hutchinson, whom he sparred in the lead-up to the tournament, and recalled how “it was a very competitive fight, but I definitely could of beat him if I had performed.”

Next up for Nevin is most likely the under-22 National Championships in January.

Joe O'Neill

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