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European gold medal for classy Nevin at Junior Championships

NEWLY crowned European Junior Boxing champion Michael Nevin was invincible in completing a Black Sea double with a magnificent gold medal win at the European Junior Championships finals in Anapa, Russia.

The Mountrath Community School student, who claimed the European Schoolboy gold medal two years ago at the same Black Sea holiday resort, beat Russia's Aleksei Semykin on a split decision in Saturday's 66kg top class decider.

"To get the second gold is unbelievable all the hard work I have done paid off, I had five fights in six or seven days, it was tough going," said a jubilant Nevin.

"I'd like to thank all the coaches and all the hard work they've done, it was very good and it's always an honour to box for Ireland and I'm very happy with the result," added the six time national champion.

Billy McClean, Irish National IABA Junior and Youth Development coach, said of the Portlaoise BC boxer: "In relation to Michael Nevin he's just an exceptional boxer, obviously he's a star for the future."

Aaron McKenna had to settle for a silver medal after the Largy College student from Monaghan was adjudged to have lost his 50kg final on a split decision to the disbelief of the Irish corner.

Kieran Molloy's bronze medal for the St Paul's Secondary School, Oughterard student helped Ireland seal third spot in the medals table while finishing fourth in the rankings tables in the 33-nation tournament.