Josh Kelly’s debut Olympic Games are over after losing to number two seed, Daniyar Yeleussinov.
The Sunderland boxer took the Kazakhstan southpaw all the way through to the final bell, only to lose on a unanimous points verdict.
All three judges, from Brazil, Sweden and Vietnam made the world number one welterweight the winner 30-27 in the round of 16 contest.
It was no disgrace for Kelly, who had begun the tournament with a splendid round of 32 victory against Egypt’s Walid Mohamed by a unanimous decision.
But the 22-year-old was forced top concede second best to Yeleussinov.
Kelly was given a huge reception by the crowd at Riocentro Pavilion 6, but was then given a warm reception from the Kazakh.
Yeleussinov was straight into it with his southpaw jab finding the face of the Houghton ABC and an aggressive right hook forced Josh to touch the canvas with his glove, though the referee did not rule it as a knockdown.
The first two shots of round two came from Yeleussinov, but a right from Kelly raised the crowd who got behind the Brit.
Josh did get his jab going but Yeleussinov ended the round with a right-left combination to take the middle session as well.
The Port Of Call-sponsored boxer, to his credit, came forward in the last and produced some good work in close to get the fans chanting “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly”.
Josh gave as good as he got in the last including a strong right in the final seconds of the bout.
But he could not find a KO punch and Yeleussinov was declared winner but Kelly could be proud of a tremendous effort.