Hernandez defeats Ecuador’s Palaxti; claims Bronze for United States

Hernandez claims Bronze for United States (Photo courtesy of Adrees Latif/Reuters)
Hernandez claims Bronze for United States (Photo courtesy of Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – American light flyweight Nico Hernandez clinched at least a Bronze medal on Wednesday thanks to his unanimous three-round decision victory of Ecuador’s Carlos Eduardo Quipo Palaxti in the quarterfinals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The 20-year-old native from Wichita, Kansas, becomes the first American male boxer to claim an Olympic medal since heavyweight Deontay Wilder earned a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

“It feels good knowing we didn’t medal at the last Olympics,” Hernandez said after his triumph. “That gave me and my team a lot of motivation. We’ve all been together since we were younger on the junior team and the U.S. team, so at practice we push each other. It means a lot to me coming here and getting the job done.”

 

 

 

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