RIO DE JANEIRO, July 19, 2016 (Hina/Hoo) - Croatian boxer Filip Hrgović won a bronze medal in Men’s Super-Heavyweight after losing in semifinals to World Champion Tony Yoka of France, where Filip has lost on the points decision 1-2.
On his way to bronze, in the round of 16 Hrgović has won on points against Ali Eren Demirezen of Turkey, and in quarterfinals by knock-out over the Cuban Lenier Pero.
The fight in semifinals with the World Champion Yoka was almost a rerun of their fight at the World Championships in Doha, when the French athlete has also won on points in quarterfinals.
Filip Hrgović’s bronze is the first Olympic boxing medal for Croatia since its independence, and Filip has become the fourth Croat to win the medal in boxing after gold medal won by Mate Parlov in Munich in 1972 and Anton Josipović in Los Angeles in 1984, and bronze won by Damir Škaro in Seoul in 1988. All those medals were won in the Light-Heavyweight category. Since the Croatian independence, the best result achieved at the Olympic Games so far was the Stipe Drviš’s quarterfinals in Atlanta in 1996, also in the Light-Heavyweight category.
Earlier this year Hrgovic has won gold at the European championship in Bulgaria, becoming thus the second Croat to win the European boxing title and the first Croat to win gold since Mate Parlov, who has won gold in 1971 and 1973.