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Rio Olympics 2016 India Boxing: Vikas Krishan vs Bektemir Melikuziev Men's 75kg Quarterfinals live score, commentary and match updates

Bektemir beats Vikas, Round 1: 9,9,9 - 10,10,10; Round 2: 9,8,8 - 10,10,10; Round 3: 9,9,9 - 10,10,10
Updated: 16 August 2016 04:02 IST - Published: 16 August 2016 03:19 IST
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It has been a pleasure. SK out \m/

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Thank you for joining our boxing coverage throughout this Olympics. 

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It has been a pleasure covering the journey of our pugilists at Rio, and although they didn't end up winning any medals, we are still immensely proud of them for representing the country with distinction.

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It is unfortunate, but such is sport; especially the ones of the combat variety. You live to fight another day, and Vikas Krishan will surely fight for India again in the future and be very successful at it.

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There goes India's final boxer in Rio. Vikas looked the best out of the three, but he came up against the favourite to win, in the Quarterfinals. 

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Vikas ended up respecting his power, but couldn't get Melikuziev to respect his. He did take a few powerful shots throughout the bout. Melikuziev should be a shoo-in for the Gold in this category. He looked fantastic here.

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Valiant effort by Vikas but Melikuziev takes this fight easily by a unanimous decision victory

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Melikuziev looked really good. His jabs were sharp, his balance and footwork was impeccable, and he was by far the more powerful puncher

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Round 3 comes to an end with Melikuziev finishing strongly with a jab and a left hook to the face. He was just the better fighter on the day.

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Vikas lunges in as Melikuziev sidesteps him and lands a counter check hook. Vikas is just standing there, covering up, and trying not to absorb too much punishment.

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Melikuziev is so confident that he is fighting with his hands down by his side.It really looks like he's found his range and is keeping the Indian just at the periphery of it. 

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Melikuziev opens up Round 3 with jabs and the occasional right hook. He's toying with Vikas now, hitting him and moving out before the Indian can counter him

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Vikas needs to knock Melikuziev out in the next round. Or to have a 10-7 across the board, to have any chance of salvaging this fight

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There is a bit of holding going on here, and that seems to be affecting Vikas more, as it's his attacks that are being neutralised more than anything. Melikuziev should have got that round pretty comfortably.

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Vikas takes a right uppercut followed by a right hook from Melikuziev, and is left chasing the Uzbeksitan fighter to try to reply with punches of his own. But Melikuziev strafes just out of range, just in time

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But Melikuziev starts landing a little more here. He's catching Vikas with sharp jabs, as the Indian looks to retort. But Melikuziev on the ascendency here

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Melikuziev throwing a lot more here but Vikas seems to be covering up pretty solidly. Are the judges scoring these punches when they shouldn't be?

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Round 2 about to start! 

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This is good strategy by Vikas, but since he's moving around so much, it would be interesting to see how the judges score it.

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Vikas darts in, lands a punch and moves out before Melikuziev lands a big counter. Any punches that Melikuziev does land seems to be falling on Vikas' guard.

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Vikas seems to be pretty fluid on his feet, as he dances around and this is preventing Melikuziev from landing. Smart thinking by the Indian

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VIkas goes to the body and is out before Melikuziev can retort with a jab

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Both men seems to be pretty light on their feet as Vikas lands a 1-2 in riposte to a sharp jab from the Uzbekistani

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Melikuziev opens up with sharp jabs, as Vikas looks to have his guard up

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Round 1!

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The fighters are being introduced! Just seconds from the beginning of the fight, as Shiva Thapa is shown in the audience!

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Rodriguez would face the winner of Vikas versus Melikuziev! That fight is up next!

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And Rodriguez takes the fight on a Unanimous decision! It's the right decision too. Abdin looked to disrupt the momentum of the fight more than actually create openings for himself and, thankfully, it told in the score card.

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Round 3 clocks out, but Rodriguez should have this fight in the bag. He was visibly hurt and almost reluctant, after get low-blowed in Round 2

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Rodriguez's mouth piece falls out again. The crowd seems to be getting restless and a fight that started out promisingly, looks like fizzling out into nothingness. The official has deducted a point from the Mexican it would seem, for constantly letting his mouth piece fall out

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Rodriguez goes over the top with a right hook, as he looks to almost play rope-a-dope here, laying back on the ropes and inviting Abdin to attack. The Egyptian doesn't look like attacking even if his life depended on it. So much holding here!

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Round 3 starts with Abdin coming out with 1-2s, but the referee calls time soon after to sort out the situation with Rodriguez's mouthpiece. It seems to have fallen out

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Abdin lands a terribly low blow as Rodriguez goes down! The referee gives a count for the Mexican fighter as the Round clocks out. Did Abdin take that round by preventing Rodriguez from attacking more than anything?

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Right now, ungainly as it may be, the ploy is working for the Egyptian

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Abdin seems to be holding an awful lot here, as he looks to land that right hook off the separation

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Rodriguez hasn't opened up yet, but as Abdin seems to be holding him to prevent him from gathering a head of steam. The Mexican seems dangerous when he is allowed to get a few combinations in

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Abdin comes out trying to circle his opponent, and try to find that jab through Rodriguez's guard

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Round 2!

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Round 1 sounds to an end. Rodriguez should have taken this.

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Rodriguez looks pretty fluid to end the round as he lunges in with 1-2s, but Abdin is a canny fighter it would seem, as he manages to get out of the way of the most powerful shots and clinch the Mexican

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Rodriguez has Abdin backed against the ropes, and tees off as the Egyptian looks to clinch to nub him off

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A lot of clinching to kick off this fight, as Abdin looks to disrupt the early momentum that Rodriguez was trying to generate

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Abdin looks to use his jab to dictate distance, but Rodriguez seems to be unperturbed by it and goes to the body well

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Misael Rodriguez of Mexico takes on Hossam Abdin of Egypt in the first Men's 75kg quarterfinal of the night

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While waiting for the bout to start, please read our preview article, underlining the scenario that Vikas finds himself in

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And with both the fighters he has faced till now, Vikas has had the reach advantage which he has used to clinical effect. He also has the reach on his opponent today. Let's hope it plays an important role in the fight. Fingers crossed!

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With how cerebral he has been in fights thus far, I wouldn't rule it out

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A win here would ensure India a medal, but such is the challenge in front of Vikas that he feels that once he hurdles this obstacle, he would capture the gold medal

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Hello everybody! Welcome to our live coverage of Vikas Krishan's Quarterfinal bout against Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan in the men's 75kg weight category