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Sweet 16- Classy Nevin sets up last 16 bout with home favourite


Michael Nevin hit top form as he became the first Irish fighter into the last 16 of latest World Elite Championship installment.

The middleweight advanced to the last 16 by outclassing Vytautas Balsys in Russia today. 

The Portlaoise BC middleweight earned three 10-8 rounds en route to a unanimous 30-26,30-27,30-26,30-27,30-26  decision over Lithuanian oppossition.

Using his jab to create openings, Nevin delivered solid rights in all three rounds. Balsys looked in trouble near the end of the second after being staggered sideways by two big rights.

Both men opened up in the finals seconds of the third and final frame, but the EU Games medal winner also got the better of those exchanges to seal his second win in Ekaterinburg.

Nevin will now meet home favourite  Russia’s No. 8 seed Gleb Bakshi in the last 16 on Monday.

Bakshi beat Azerbaijan’s Amind Kushkhov this afternoon in a bout refereed by Donegal’s Sadie Duffy.

Meanwhile, Antrim’s European champion Kurt Walker and Dublin’s Kiril Afanasev box Sunday in the last 32.

No. 6 seed Walker, who received a bye, meets Columbia’s Pan American bronze medallist David Avila and Afanasev is in against Bulgaria’s Radoslav Panaleev.


2019 World Elite Men’s Championships Ekaterinburg, Russia

September 14

Last 32

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Vytautas Balsys (Lithuania) 5-0

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)

Last 16

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Glen Bakshi (Russia)


September 14

Last 32

75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Vytautas Balsys (Lithuania) 5-0

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


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