Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng was the last professional standing in the men’s boxing, but his defeat in the round of 16 of the 60kg division means that an amateur will once again claim gold.
The decision to allow professionals into the Olympics was a controversial one, but all three pros who entered have already fallen in a display of strength by the amateur contingent.
Hassan Ndam Njikam of Cameroon was the first pro to be defeated when he was on the wrong side of a tight decision call on Saturday, and when Italy’s Carmine Tommasone become the second casualty in Tuesday’s morning session, it was only Ruenroeng who remained.
However, the 36-year-old, who harboured hopes of a medal, suffered a technical knockout defeat at the hands of France’s Sofiane Oumih.
Ruenroeng, who has spoken openly about how time in a Thai prison shaped his career, was in trouble as early as the second round when he was twice given a standing count as he struggled to get to grips with his taller opponent who made the most of his reach advantage.
Oumih came out firing in the third round, and after a few left hooks found their mark, the referee brought the fight to a halt after a third standing count.