Former world champion Karolina Michalczuk lost his first fight in the Olympic tournament. Karolina - the only Polish boxer competing in London - was beaten on 5th of August by other legend of female pugilism - Indian superstar Mary Kom. It was a very entertaining affair and both fighters showed tremendous courage. Kom, whose five world titles all came in the lighter 46kg division, managed to control Michalczuk despite the obvious size and weight discrepancy, to move through to quarter-finals.
After first two rounds boxer from Manipur was only one point ahead (8-7). She controversially won the third (7-3) and kept her lead in the fourth. The final score was 19-14. Throughout the whole fight Kom was landing more punches, displaying good footwork and timing while Michalczuk scored with some really heavy blows but she wasn't active and flashy enough to impress the judges. With all of that said, Polish fighter seemed to knock down her opponent two times. Her style looked to be suitable for the pro game, not for amateur scoring system.
In the emotional press conference after the fight, Michalczuk revealed the conflict existing between her trainer Władysław Maciejewski and national team coach Leszek Piotrowski. It's hard now to judge who's right and who's wrong, however it was surely a bitter ending of Karolina's Olympic adventure.