Nico Hernandez loses, set to receive bronze medal

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE: After his first loss in Rio, Nico Hernandez will receive the bronze medal.

The Wichita North grad fell 3-0 to Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan.

Hernandez is the first US light flyweight Olympic medalist since 1988.


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UPDATE: After another win in Rio, Nico Hernandez moves on to the semifinals at the Olympics. Hernandez won his Wednesday afternoon quarterfinal bout against 26-year-old Carlos Quipo Pilataxi, of Ecuador.

With the win, Hernandez secured at least a bronze medal in Rio. USA Boxing reports Hernandez is the first American boxer in the light flyweight division to secure a medal in 28 years.

Hernandez will fight for the right to compete for a gold medal in the semifinal bout scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Friday. He'll face Uzbekistan's Hasanboy Dusmatov in the semifinal.
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Wichita boxer, Nico Hernandez is moving at the Rio Olympics. Hernandez, now 2-0 at the Olympic games followed a win in his first bout Saturday with a win by decision against Russia's Vasilii Egorov Monday afternoon. Egorov was seeded second in the light flyweight division.

Hernandez now moves on to the quarterfinals of the Olympic boxing tournament.

The Wichita North High School grad won his first bout Saturday in a unanimous decision over Italy's Manual Cappai.

After his first fight in Rio, Hernandez said it was "definitely a good feeling because Wichita isn't really known for boxing."

"So for me to come out of there will inspire a lot of young boxers that no matter where you're from," you can do it," he said.