Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) A pair of American boxers advanced to the quarterfinals of the penultimate World Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Tuesday, and with the wins are now just one victory away from earning a spot at the Rio Games this summer.
Flyweight Antonio Vargas (52kg/114lbs) and light welterweight Gary Russell (64kg/141lbs) both won their first three bouts of the tourney, which got underway last week in Azerbaijan, moving them into the quarterfinals.
The top five boxers in their weight classes will qualify for Rio.
The next scheduled bouts for Vargas and Russell are slated for Thursday.
The talented Vargas, who was the 2015 Pan American Games champ, will take on Italy’s Vincenzo Picardi, while Russell will meet Obada Alkasbeh of Jordan.
Marlo Moore, who is a super heavyweight (91+kg/201+lbs) still has a chance to more onto Rio, but his road is a bit tougher.
He won his fight Tuesday, but still needs to win two more fights because only the tourney winner in the super heavyweight division will make the trip to Rio. He fights again Friday.