Boxer Alexis Pritchard outclassed
Alexis Pritchard has taken her defeat on the chin - literally.
The New Zealand boxer was taken to the cleaners by Russian southpaw Sofya Ochigava in their Olympic lightweight quarterfinal bout this morning.
The world No 2 put a standing eight count on Pritchard in the third round before eventually winning 24-4.
"I knew going into the fight she would be a strong opponent," Pritchard said.
"She just out-boxed me and I can't do anything better than I did today. I felt I gave it my all.
"There are a few things I would try and do better next time, like utilise my range and be a bit quicker on my feet and not try and brawl a shorter person."
Pritchard is not disheartened by defeat.
She just hopes there will be more weight divisions in Rio in 2016 after she was forced to put on weight for London while the compact and powerful Ochigava dropped some. The 28 year-old Aucklander intends to keep boxing through till Rio, taking in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow along the way.
"Hopefully they will have my weight division which is 57kgs, and I would probably be more competitive," Pritchard said.
Those doubting the place of women's boxing needed to be at the Excel Arena in London this morning. The arena was packed to the rafters to watch Ireland's Katie Taylor dismantle Great Britain's Natasha Jonas in the first quarterfinal.
Pritchard said being part of women boxing's debut at the Olympics and winning her first round bout made the experience one she will never forget.
"It has definitely whetted my appetite to have a crack at Rio, and Glasgow isn't that far away," she said.
"I've really enjoyed the last four months, I've grown as a boxer and it is more enticing to stay in the game and try and get to Rio.''