Sutherland's Olympic dreams come to an end

PUBLISHED: 18:41 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 26 October 2009

Boxer Steve Sutherland lost his opening bout in Beijing

Boxer Steve Sutherland lost his opening bout in Beijing

FORMER WGC schoolboy Steve Sutherland s Olympic dream is over. The 17-year-old amateur boxer lost in the first round of the men s flyweight division to Tunisian fighter Walid Cherif in Beijing. The final points score finished 14-2 as his more experienced

FORMER WGC schoolboy Steve Sutherland's Olympic dream is over.

The 17-year-old amateur boxer lost in the first round of the men's flyweight division to Tunisian fighter Walid Cherif in Beijing.

The final points score finished 14-2 as his more experienced African opponent dominated the fight.

The 30-year-old Tunisian finished fifth in the World Championships held in Mianyang, China, in 2005 and in 2007 collected a silver medal in the Tammer tournament held in Finland.

So despite Sutherland exiting the tournament at the first hurdle, plenty of positives can be taken from an Olympic appearance by someone so young.

Sutherland, who went to Monk's Walk School, was only 3-0 down after the first two rounds in the four round contest.

However, his North African opponent began to find his range and took the third round 6-0 to all but end Sutherland's hopes of progression.

The Australian-based amateur did register two hits in the final round, but Cherif continued to dominate, and progressed to the next round.

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