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!