Ireland cannot take a break from the world boxing championships in Belgrade.
Featherweight Adam Hession left the event after a narrow loss to Russia’s Eduard Savvin in the last 32 games.
While the other four Irish boxers who were knocked out in their first bouts couldn’t complain, the 21-year-old Galway native had a lot of bad luck not getting the verdict.
In a formidable contest worthy of a medal fight, there was nothing to separate the pair.
Hession’s body language at the final bell suggested he thought he did enough in the final round to get the go-ahead.
He landed a big right at the end and the Russian looked puzzled as he made his way to his corner. But it was Savvin – also 21 – who was partying when the decision was announced.
There was virtually nothing to separate them, but crucially, Savvin overshadowed the opening two rounds on a 3-2 split decision. Due to the vagaries of the judging system, the competition was still in play before the final round.
The majority of those in ringside felt that the Irish fighter had done enough to qualify for the final 16, but the judges thought otherwise as they gave Savvin the green light on a 4-1 decision. .
But the fact that all five officials scored the contest 29-28 underscores how tight it was – but only one gave Hession the verdict.
It is therefore the number five defeat for the Irish team who have had a scorching week in the Serbian capital.
Ireland’s two remaining fighters Rickey Nesbitt (48kg) and Kelyn Cassidy (81kg) will be in action tomorrow against Nodrjon Mikakhmadaor (Uzbekistan) and Arriaga Olvera (Mexico) respectively.