Ahmad relishes tough Games boxing debut

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Merven Clair saw Taha Ahmad coming and that was always going to end badly for the Australian.

Ahmad lost his light-middleweight boxing bout with a unanimous decision on Tuesday at the Commonwealth Games.

The round of 16 fight was Ahmad's Games debut and his lack of experience told against him.

"He probably saw more than I expected him to see," Ahmad said.

"When I fight, when I spar, many of my opponents don't see what I'm going to throw.

"I don't know if I had a bad day or he was more experienced, but no excuses. I'm going to watch it back and learn, learn, learn.

"When we go to the Olympics, I will come back 10 times stronger. I promise you, I won't go out in the first one."

Ahmad relished the experience, despite the sudden end to his first Games.

The 21-year-old is a former kick boxer who switched to boxing a couple of years ago and is yet to reach 20 fights in his career.

"I took more than I lost, I gained more than I lost," he said.

"This is my first international (tournament), it's only my 16th boxing fight.

"These guys have had hundreds and hundreds.

"I see it as a win for me, I know I will come back stronger. You can drop me 100 times, I will get back up 101."

Ahmad was the only Australian boxer in action on day four.

Wednesday will feature light middleweight Kaye Scott's quarter-final against Zainab Keita of Sierra Leone.

Middleweights Caitlin Parker and Callum Peters also have quarter-final bouts.

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