Nico Hernandez earned his country a medal in light flyweight for the first time in nearly three decades.
Team USA’s Hernandez, 20, may’ve fallen to Uzbekistan fighter Hasanboy Dusmastov 3-0 on Friday, but will still win bronze at Rio 2016. Both losing semifinalists take bronze at the Olympics.
Hernandez beat Italy’s Manuel Cappai 3-0 on Saturday, then taking Russia’s Vasilii Egorov by the same score on Monday. He then beat Carlos Quipo Pilataxi of Ecuador to set up Friday’s bout.
Boxing and judo continue their Olympic runs with Wednesday matches in Rio.
In boxing, we’ll see our first quarterfinals of the Olympics. American Nico Hernandez will fight Ecuadorian Carlos Quipo in light flyweight action. Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko will tangle with Italian Clemente Russo is a prime heavyweight bout.
New Jersey’s Shakur Stevenson will debut in bantamweight action once Robenilson de Jesus of Brazil and Fahem Hammachi (Algeria) decide who will oppose the American.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s boxing — starts at 10 a.m. EDT
It’ll be middleweights in judo, and the men’s tournament will see American judoka Colton Brown look to handle Sudanese threat Iszlam Monier Suliman.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s 90kg, women’s 70kg judo — starts at 9 a.m. EDT
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.