Michael Conlan had to settle for bronze at the 2012 Olympics Games after losing out to Robeisy Carrazana-Ramirez in London.
The Cuban flyweight was handed a 20-10 decision in tonight’s 52kg semi-final at the ExCel.
Conlan, who usually boxes orthodox started off in a southpaw, was trailing 6-3 after the first round this evening, the Cuban doing a lot of work to the body in the opening three minutes, Conlan responding with head and body shots.
The 20-year-old Belfast flyweight exploded out of his corner for the start of the second and got the better of some furious exchanges in the center of the ring
However, after Carrazana-Ramirez regained his composure from the onslaught he once again resumed picking up neat points to open up a 10-6 advantage going into the interval.
Conlan found himself on the ropes after being tagged with a big right in the final frame.
Carrazana-Ramirez followed up like a flash, and, with the Irish Elite champion on the rigging, picked up at least four points from head and body shots.
The St John Bosco BC man found the target with two good lefts in the last minute, but nothing less than a KO would have done at this stage and the Cuban saw out the round to victory.
Speaking after his defeat, an emotional Conlan, who has done Ireland proud at London 2012, admitted that he was devastated.
“He was on form on the day. He threw some good shots and I wasn’t coming back with my counters, he said.
“I’m really devastated. It is a big learning experience for me. This just shows me where I’m at.Getting to the Olympic semi-finals, it has been good for me.
“I was beaten by the better man. He was just too sharp for me tonight. I’m proud of myself. I’m happy where I got.”
Meanwhile, John Joe Nevin, who was the first Irish boxer into the ring at these Olympics, will be the last Irish boxer out of the squared circle tomorrow evening.
The Cavan BC bantamweight meets Great Britain’s Luke Campbell (St Paul’s ABC, Hull) in the 2012 Olympic 56kg final.
2012 Olympic Games
July 28th – Last 32
56kg – Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin (Ireland) beat Dennis Villy Ceylan (Denmark) 21-6
75kg – Middleweight – Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Muideen Olalekan Akanji (Nigeria) 15-6
July 29th – Last 32
69kg – Welterweight – Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Carlos Sanchez Estacio (Ecuador) 14-8
August 1st – Last 16
56kg – Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin (Ireland) beat Kanat Abutalipov (Kazakhstan) 15-10
August 2nd – Last 16
75kg – Middleweight – Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to Stefan Hartel (Germany) 12-19
August 3rd – Last 16
52kg – Flyweight – Michael Conlan (Ireland) beat Duke Akeuth Micah (Ghana) 19-8
69kg – Welterweight – Adam Nolan (Ireland) lost to Andrey Zamkovoy (Russia) 9-18
August 4th – Last 16
49kg – Light-flyweight – Paddy Barnes (Ireland) beat Thomas Essomba (Cameroon) 15-10
August 5th – Quarter- final
56kg – Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin (Ireland) beat Oscar Valdez-Fierro (Mexico) 19-13
August 6th – Quarter-final
60kg – Lightweight – Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Natasha Jonas (Great Britain) 26-15
August 7th – Quarter-final
52kg – Flyweight – Michael Conlan (Ireland) beat Nordine Ouballi (France) 22-18
August 8th – Semi-final
60kg – Lightweight – Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Mavzuna Chorieva (Tajikistan) 17-9
August 8th – Quarter-final
49kg – Light-flyweight – Paddy Barnes (Ireland) beat Devendro Singh Laishram (India) 23-18
August 9th – Final (4.30pm session)
60kg – Lightweight- Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Sofya Ochigava (Russia) 10-8
August 10th- Semi-Finals
August 10th – Semi-Finals
49kg – Flyweight- Paddy Barnes (Ireland) lost to Zou Shiming (China) 15-15 c/b 44-45
56kg – Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin (Ireland) beat Lazara Alvarez (Cuba) 19-14
August 10th – Semi-Finals (8.30pm session)
52kg – Flyweight – Michael Conlan (Ireland) lost to Robeisy Carrazana-Ramirez (Cuba) 10-20
August 11th – Final – (8.30pm) session
54kg: Bantamweight – John Joe Nevin (Ireland) v Luke Campbell (Great Britain)
Irish 2012 Olympic squad
49Kg (Light-flyweight) Paddy Barnes (Holy Family BC, Belfast)
52kg (Flyweight) Michael Conlan (St John Bosco BC, Belfast)
56kg (Bantamweight) John Joe Nevin (Cavan BC)
60kg (Lghtweight) Katie Taylor (Bray BC, Wicklow)
69kg (Welterweight) Adam Nolan (Bray BC, Wicklow)
75kg (Middleweight) Darren O’Neill (Paulstown BC, Kilkenny)
Team Manager: Des Donnelly
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Pete Taylor
Physio: Conor McCarthy
Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary
Performance Psychologist: Gerry Hussey