Portlaoise boxer Michael Nevin helped Portlaoise Boxing Club to create history over the weekend, after he claimed gold in the 52kg weight division at the European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa, Russia.
In doing so, Nevin became the second member of the Portlaoise club to claim the European title in this competition at this weight, making Portlaoise the first club in the 101 year history of IABA to achieve this feat.
Nevin was in peerless form throughout the week in the small city on the Black Sea coast, cruising through his first round with a 20-6 victory over Denis Gashi of Germany. He saw off Italian Andrew Zuppardo in the quarter-final 11-2, before beating Ukranian opponent Nikita Stepanov 14-7 in the semi-final.
Having scored 44 points in his first three fights, it was his attacking strengths that would hold the key to his hopes in the final, and so it proved to be. Averaging close to 15 points per bout, he kept up against a top-class Azerbaijani fighter, Parviz Guliyev, to win on a score of 15-12.
It was a particularly impressive display from Nevin as Guliyev had competed in the championships the year before, winning bronze in the 40kg weight division.
Nevin arrived back in Ireland yesterday (Monday) with his Irish team mates, after they secured a record haul of three goal, one silver and six bronze medals. Hosts Russia won 14 of the 18 gold medals on offer at the championships.