American boxer Hernandez springs upset in light flyweight tournament

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Having won a silver medal at last year’s World Championships, Russian boxer Vasilii Egorov was expected to be a medal contender in the light flyweight division.

Monday afternoon Egorov, who was seeded second in the light flyweight bracket and received a bye into the Round of 16, was upset by American Nico Hernandez. Hernandez won the match by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the bout 29-28 in Hernandez’s favor. Hernandez, who beat Italy’s Manuel Cappai by unanimous decision in the Round of 32, advances to fight Ecuador’s Carlos Quipo in the quarterfinal round Wednesday afternoon.

Like Egorov, Quipo received passage directly into the Round of 16. On Monday Quipo beat Mongolia’s Gan-Erdene Gankhuyag by unanimous decision, outscoring him 30-27 on two scorecards and 29-28 on the other.

USA Boxing returns to the ring Tuesday, with Carlos Balderas Jr. facing Daisuke Narimatsu of Japan in a lightweight division bout and Charles Conwell fighting India’s Krishan Vikas in the middleweight division.