Tuesday 20 August 2019

Nevin strikes gold

Michael Nevin earned a 4-1 split decision over Mariusz Gnas (stock picture) to claim middleweight gold for Ireland (stock picture)
Michael Nevin earned a 4-1 split decision over Mariusz Gnas (stock picture) to claim middleweight gold for Ireland (stock picture)

Former European Youth champion Michael Nevin claimed middleweight gold for Ireland at the Tammer Elite multi-nations in Tampere, Finland, yesterday.

But George Bates, Kieran Molloy, Tony Browne and Dean Gardiner lost to Wales' Michael McDonagh, English pair Cyrus Pattison and George Crotty, and Bulgaria's Petar Belberov in yesterday's finals.

Laois orthodox Nevin earned a 4-1 split decision over Mariusz Gnas, the stylish Irish World Youth bronze medallist picking off big shots in each round against the tough and durable Swede.

Head coach Zaur Antia and Dmitry Dimitruc were working Ireland's corner in Tampere, with the team claiming one gold, four silver and three bronze.

Meanwhile, Finland's Mira Potkonen, who beat WBA world lightweight champion Katie Taylor in Taylor's last fight in the amateur ranks at Rio 2016, won gold at the tournament yesterday.

Elsewhere, Irish flyweight Shauna Blaney dropped a unanimous decision to Russia's European Youth finalist Ekaterina Molchanova at the AIBA World Youths in Guwahati, India, yesterday.

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