It was a mismatch from the start. On the one hand, there was world No. 1 boxer from Uzbekistan, Bektemir Melikuziev, who’s out to seek Olympic glory. And, on the other hand, there was Vikas Krishan Yadav, who was only there to check whether he had actually learnt to fight against ‘southpaws’ or not.
The packed Riocentro Arena here was expecting a good fight between the two in this 75kg category. Going by the past record of Yadav where he gave a run for his money to the Uzbek pugilist in the Asian Championships in Bangkok last year, the young lad tried his best to attack the opponent in the first round. But as the three judges gave verdict in Uzbek’s favour, 30-27 (10-9 each), it was over and out for the Indian pugilist.