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Portlaoise boxer taking on the big guns for a coveted European games medal

22 June 2019; Michael Nevin of Ireland, left, in action against Mark Dickinson of Great Britain during their Men’s Middleweight preliminary round bout at Uruchie Sports Palace on Day 2 of the Minsk 2019 2nd European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Portlaoise man Michael Nevin has taken on some seriously big guns in the world of middleweight boxing and won to earn a coveted place in the last 16 at the European Games in Minsk.

Nevin eliminated European champion and Rio 2016 bronze medallist Kamran Shakhsuvarly of Azerbaijan to reach the last eight.

Prior to this, Nevin defeated Mark Dickinson of Great Britain during their Men’s Middleweight preliminary round bout at Uruchie Sports Palace.

A stellar performance by the Laois fighter saw him defeat the skilled Shakhsuvarly by unanimous decision.

Nevin took an early advantage and although Shakhsuvarly recovered – Nevin kept the hits coming to keep the intensity up at the end of round one.

A robust round two from Nevin set the marker as he took control of the fight and came out on top to meet Turkey’s Serhat Güler, another World Series of Boxing veteran, in the quarter finals.

Nevin takes on the Turkish fighter at 5.45 this evening in Minsk.

In 2018, Nevin took home National Elite All-Ireland glory in the 75kg Middleweight Title decider.

Best of luck Michael!

Michael Nevin during his Men’s Middleweight preliminary round bout against Mark Dickinson of Great Britain at Uruchie Sports Palace on Day 2 of the Minsk 2019 2nd European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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