Young boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) bowed out of the Olympic Games after being out-punched by fourth-seeded Cuban Robeisy Ramirez in the opening round. The 22-year-old, competing in his second Olympics, lost 0-3 in a one-sided contest, in which he also ended up sustaining a cut above his left eye.
Shiva was on the backfoot from the very beginning of the contest in Pavilion 6 at the Riocentro and was well beaten on points, losing all three rounds. The first round was won by the Cuban boxer 10-9, after some heavy hitting, in an unanimous decision by all the three judges.
The Indian boxing challenge is now limited to Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg), both of whom have advanced to the pre-quarterfinals.