Thu, 09 Aug 2012 08:04:12 GMT | By PTI

Devendro knocked out after a ‘bitter’ bout

Boxer Devendro Singh's bid for an Olympic bronze medal was dashed after he succumbed to Ireland's Paddy Barnes in a high-voltage quarter final contest which was marked by some debatable refereeing and controversial warnings at the Excel Arena

Devendro knocked out after a ‘bitter’ bout

London: 20-year-old Devendro fought gallantly last night but could not prevail over his stronger opponent who scripted a 23-18 victory to romp into the semi-finals. But the high-scoring result left the Indian contingent fuming as they claimed that the refereeing had gone heavily against the diminutive Indian who was warned once in the second round.

With Devendro's exit, the Indian challenge in the boxing ring also came to an end with only MC Mary Kom providing the spark with a historic bronze medal in women's boxing which has been introduced in the Olympics for the first time.

Backed by the noisy crowd, Barnes took an early lead by winning the first round 7-5 and maintained the tempo right through to send the Indian packing out of his maiden Olympics much to the disappointment of the Indian fans.

Both the boxers started the contest on a very aggressive note as they unleashed a flurry of punches at each other but the Irish pugilist relied on his experience to gain the upper hand.