Michael Nevin loses out in World Youth Championships semi finals

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Michael Nevin was forced to settle for bronze this afternoon at the World Youth Championships in Russia.

The Portlaoise middleweight took on Scotland’s William Hutchinson in the semi finals in St Petersburg and lost out on a unanimous decision.

The pair were well-acquainted with each other going into to fight, having partaken in a test international in Belfast last month, and Hutchinson completed the difficult task of effectively timing Nevin to score the eye-catching shots and take the win

A tactical battle, Nevin began slighty quicker, but Hutchinson landed the bigger shots in the first down the stretch.

There was an improved showing from Nevin in the second, landing with greater volume, but the bigger eye-catching shots were always coming from the Scot.

Triple European gold medalist Nevin upped the tempo in the final round, showing greater aggression and he bloodied the nose of Hutchinson as they went toe-to-toe until the bell.

Going to the scorecards, Hutchinson was handed the verdict on all five cards (27:30 x3, 28:29 x2), to take the win and move on to the final.

Nevin leaves Russia, and his final underage tournament, with bronze and will certainly be a contender at next year’s Senior Elite Championships

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie