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Michael Nevin fights for a place in the World Championship last 16 today


Michael Nevin will look to become the first Irish fighter into the last 16 of the 2019 World Elite Championships today.

The Portlaoise BC fighter meets Lithuania’s Vytautas Balsys for a place in the next round and is the only Irish fighter in action on Saturday.

The young middleweight prospect, who has one win under his belt at the 20th edition of the tournament, and Balsys go head-to-head over three, three minute rounds in the 11th bout on Saturday’s program.

Azerbaijan’s Amin Kushkhov and Russia’s No. 8 seed Gleb Bakshi clash in the corresponding contest.

Boxing begins at 11am (Irish time) on Saturday morning and 3pm local time.

Aidan Walsh impressed on his Friday the 13th World Elite debut yesterday en route to victory over Israeli welter Miroslav Kapuler-Cishchenko.

2019 World Elite Men’s Championships Ekaterinburg, Russia

September 14

Last 32

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

September 15

Last 32

57kg Kurt Walker v David Avila (Columbia)
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) v Radoslav Panaleev (Bulgaria)

September 16

Last 32

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Pat McCormack (England)


September 13

Last 64

69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) beat Miroslav Kapuler-Cishchenko (Israel) 4-1

September 12

Last 64

52kg Regan Buckley (Ireland) lost to Aldoms Suquor (Indonesia) 2-3
63kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) lost to Matthew Alexander (Trinidad & Tobago) 2-3

September 10

Last 64

81kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Erkin Adylbek (Kyrgyzstan) 0-5
91kg Kiril Afanasev (Ireland) beat Austin Aokuso (Australia) 5-0

September 9

Last 64

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Andre1 Vreme (Moldova) 5-0

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-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: John Conlan and Eoin Pluck


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