Nigeria suffered another defeat in the boxing event of the 2012 Olympic Games on Monday afternoon as Lukmon Lawal lost 7-19 points to his Jordanian opponent, Ihab Almatbouli, in the men’s light heavyweight category.
The Jordanian showed much more technique and stamina in addition to the benefit of experience and exposure, and duly went on to win the three rounds.
The Jordanian, who was in the red corner, won 5-3, 6-2, 8-2 in the fight.
Speaking after the bout, Lawal admitted to his opponent’s superiority and said he was looking forward to another opportunity to make his Nigerian supporters happy.
He was better than me, and I can only say `I am sorry’ to all my Nigerian fans, especially all of those that were here today (Monday) to support me.
“There was nothing else I could do in the fight as my opponent was better, and I can only promise to do better next time,” he said.
Almatbouli thus proceeded to the Round of 16 where he will face number one seed Julio la Cruz Peraza of Cuba who had drawn bye.
Lawal’s teammate, Muideen Akanji, had on Saturday lost 6-15 to Darren O’Neill of Republic of Ireland in their men’s middleweight 75 kg fight.
Nigeria’s hope in the boxing event now lies in Edith Ogoke who is to fight on Sunday in the women’s middleweight category.
She will be meeting Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan in the bout for boxers in the 69 kg to 75 kg weight category.