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Michael Conlan handsomely defeated by Cuban as he settles for Bronze Medal

The Belfast boxer was given a rough ride by Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana of Cuba.
Aug 10th 2012, 9:12 PM 5,859 13

MICHAEL CONLAN WAS outclassed by his Cuban opponent, Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana, as he lost his boxing semi-final 20-10.

The Belfast boxer was four points down going into the final round but things went from bad to worse as he chased the points and suffered a standing count.

The 20-year-old finishes his first Olympic games with a bronze medal.

Michael Jackson’s disco favourite Don’t Stop ‘Til You’ve Got Enough rang out throughout the ExCel Arena as Conlan strolled to the ring.

The song summed up the mood of the Irish fans packed inside who were hungry for more gold medal success.

Cautious Cuban

Ramirez boxed a clever bout as he saw what Conlan had to offer before picking him off in the final minutes of all three rounds.

Both men started off in a Southpaw stance and Conlan scored the opening point. However his 18-year-old opponent connected with three clear punches in the final minute to lead 6-3.

Conlan looked to have bossed the second round before dropping his concentration in the final 10 seconds and coughing up three points to the Cuban, thanks to devastating combination.

Chasing the contest going into the final round, Conlan went for broke and was picked off.

The Irishman lost the run of himself at one stage, ended up facing the wrong way, and was given a standing count by the referee.

The final round ended 10-6 as the Cuban deservedly won.

Conlan was disappointed but he still had the piece of mind to congratulate the victor and acknowledge the large Irish crowd at the ExCel Arena.

Speaking to RTÉ after the bout, Conlan said: “I was beaten by the better man on the day. He was on form today.”

“I’m really devastated but I’ve got a medal in the bag and I’m happy with it too,” he added.

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