Stalker squeezed out
But Barnes makes certain of a medal with comfortable victory
Last Updated: August 8, 2012 11:26pm
Thomas Stalker: failed to make it through to the last four in the light-welterweight divison
Thomas Stalker saw his dreams of Olympic gold come to an end when he was pipped 23-22 by Mongolia's Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg.
The light-welterweight from Liverpool left the ring almost immediately after the verdict was read out having fallen just short in his bid to reach the semi-finals.
The two fighters were locked together at six points apiece after the opening round before the experienced Uranchimeg edged ahead in the second.
Stalker actually began the round well, including connecting with a looping left hand, but paid the price for a poor finish that saw him walk on to a pair of right hands.
It left him trailing heading into the last and despite pouring forward, Uranchimeg did enough to maintain his slender lead and make sure he would claim a medal.
There was better news for Ireland light-flyweight Paddy Barnes earlier in the night, as he made sure of a second consecutive Olympic medal by defeating India's Devendro Singh 23-18.
The Belfast boxer, who took bronze in Beijing four years ago, was 7-5 ahead after the first round before managing double digits in the second to extend his advantage.
It allowed him to comfortably see out the closing three minutes to book a semi-final showdown against the man who ironically beat him in Beijing, Zou Shiming of China.
Barnes' success means he will join team-mates John Joe Nevin, Michael Conlan and Katie Taylor in taking home medals from London.