Published Tuesday 07 August 2012

Alexis Pritchard, New Zealand’s last boxer at the London Olympics, bowed out in her lightweight quarter-final bout against Russian Sofya Ochigava today.
While Pritchard fought with spirit, she could not match the Russian’s power or speed and went down 22-4, losing each round decisively. She took a standing count in the third round.
Pritchard, 28, said she was nevertheless pleased with her performance.
“She was pretty tough and we knew going in she was strong,” she said.
“But generally I felt I boxed better than yesterday [when she won her first-round bout]. I handled the nerves a lot better.”
She said Ochigava had outboxed her.
“I gave it my all and I learnt a few things. Next time I’ll have to be quicker on my feet, and use my long arms. Also, it showed me it’s not a good idea to brawl with a shorter person.”
One of Pritchard’s problems in London has been that because there are only three women’s boxing divisions, she has had to fight in the 60kg lightweight division.
“I’ve gone up a couple of kilos here. She would have come down a couple. It doesn’t sound a lot, but it makes a difference in terms of power and compactness.”
This is the first year women’s boxing has been held at the Olympic Games. Pritchard and Siona Fernandes, who lost yesterday, were New Zealand’s only two boxing representatives in London.