6 Aug 2012

NZ pulls off first female Olympic boxing win

4:45 am on 6 August 2012

New Zealand boxer Alexis Pritchard has become the country's first female boxer to win a bout at the Olympics.

Pritchard and New Zealand's other female boxer Siona Fernandes helped make history on the first day of the women's boxing - the first time any women's boxing has been included at an Olympic Games.

Pritchard fought strongly against Tunisia's Rim Jouini in the lightweight division to win on points 15-10 and secure a place in the quarter-finals.

The New Zealander won the first round of the bout 4-3 but Jouini took the second 4-2, before Pritchard fought back to win the third 5-1 and the fourth 4-2.

Pritchard appeared to have been knocked down in the final round but the referee judged it was a slip.

She will now meet the second seed, Russia's Sofya Ochigava, in the quarter-finals on Monday.

Fernandes did not have such a successful fight, losing to Bulgaria's Stoyka Petrova in the first round of the flyweight event.

Fernandes was well-beaten on points, 23-11.

The tournament is run in an elimination format, meaning boxers have just one chance to win their bout and advance to the next round.