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.”