India's young medal hope Shiva Thapa made a first round exit in the men's 56kg category of the 2012 London Olympics at the Excel Arena here Saturday after he was given a severe beating by Mexico's Oscar Valdez Fierro.
The 18-year-old, the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics, saw his dream crushed by the Mexican fighter, who defeated him 14-9.
Thapa lost the first round 2-4 but showed his mettle as he came back strongly taking the second 4-3. However, the third round was a one-way traffic as the 21-year-old Mexican decimated the Indian fighter 7-3.
Shiva became the first Indian boxer to be knocked out of the mega-event.
The young prodigy from Assam was expected to put on a good show, especially after winning the gold medal at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Astana.