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Rio Olympics 2016: Croatian Boxer Filip Hrgović into Semi-Final

Filip Hrgović (photo credit: Reuters/Peter Cziborra)

Filip Hrgović (photo credit: Reuters/Peter Cziborra)

Croatian boxer Filip Hrgović has advanced through to the semi-final of the men’s super heavy over 91 kg boxing event at the Olympic Games in Rio…

Hrgović’s knock-out win over Cuban Lenier Pero on Tuesday afternoon means the Croatian boxer has guaranteed himself a medal at the games with the brozne medal shared in the boxing.

Hrgović started the fight strong against Pero but lost the first round 10-9, 9-10, 10-9 according to the judges. The 24-year Croatian came back in the second round and knocked the Cuban down on the floor near the end of the round to win by technical knock out.

Filip beat Ali Eren Demirezen of Turkey in the first round (photo credit: EPA/ Valdrin Xhemaj)

Filip beat Ali Eren Demirezen of Turkey in the first round (photo credit: EPA/ Valdrin Xhemaj)

Earlier this year Hrgović won gold at the European championship in Bulgaria becoming the second Croat to win a European boxing title and the first Croat to win gold since Mate Parlov, who won gold in 1971 and 1973.

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