Patrick Johnson – Reuters , 8/7/2012
LONDON (Reuters) – Brazilian Esquiva Falcao Florentino guaranteed Brazil their first men’s boxing medal since 1968 with a dominant performance over Hungarian Zoltan Harcsa on Monday which suggested he could win more than just a bronze.
Florentino’s 14-10 middleweight victory meant a semi-final place and only a second medal in men’s boxing for the soccer-obsessed nation, who will host the Games in four years time.
“I’m very, very proud to be the first to guarantee a medal for Brazil here,” Florentino told reporters through a translator. “I’m very proud because I told my dad (I) was going to take a medal home and now (I have).”
“I’m not here to win the bronze medal, I’m here to win the gold medal and I am confident I will get the gold.”