Nico Hernandez earned the U.S. its first medal in men’s boxing in eight years Wednesday, although what color medal he gets might not be determined until Sunday.
Hernandez assured himself of no worse than a bronze with a unanimous decision over Ecuador’s Carlos Quipo in a light-flyweight quarterfinal. But he didn’t do it alone.
Before each fight, Hernandez climbs into the ring, turns toward the turnbuckle, kneels and then prays. With him, he says, is Tony Losey, a former training partner he long considered a big brother.