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USA boxer Hernandez defeated, will claim Olympics bronze

Nico Miguel Hernandez, Hasanboy Dusmatov

United State’s Nico Miguel Hernandez, left, fights Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov during a men’s light flyweight 49-kg semifinals boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


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.

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