Indian boxer Akhil Kumar failed to advance to the quarter-finals of the men's light weight (60kg) division in the Asian Games, going down 1-2 against Charly Suarez of the Philippines' at the Seonhak Gymnasium here Friday.
In a gripping contest, both boxers started the match aggressively with Akhil taking the first round 10-9 in a unanimous decision from the judges. But Suarez made a strong comeback to win both the second and the third round to claim the contest.
Suarez won the second round 10-9 in an unanimous judges decision and clinched the third round by a split decison.
Akhil Kumar was a gold medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.