Diwakar Prasad out of Olympics

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

The Indian challenge in the boxing arena came to an end today when the country's last pugilist Diwakar Prasad bowed out in the second round.

Athens:

The Indian challenge in the boxing arena came to an end today when the country's last pugilist Diwakar Prasad bowed out in the second round of the 54 kg Bantam Weight category in the 28th Olympic Games here today. The referee stopped the bout in favour of Prasad's opponent, Nestor Bolum of Nigeria, in the third round as the Indian trailed his opponent by twenty points. Prasad had a forgettable first round as he could manage only three points against Bolum's 12. But the 20-year-old made amends in the second and looked like making a fight of it with some aggressive punching but the Nigerian still managed to increase his lead with the 13-10 round verdict. The start of the third round saw Bolum go on the offensive and earn as many as eight points in no time to take the score to 32-12, a lead of twenty points. At this point the referee stopped the bout in favour of the Nigerian to bring down the curtains on the Indian show in the ring. (PTI)

Topics : Boxing India
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