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 Last update:  5/5/2012       Read more by Ryan Maquinana         
   
Early Results from Rio de Janeiro for Olympic Qualifier
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By Ryan Maquiñana

Heavyweight Michael Hunter won his opening bout at the 2012 Americas Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, advancing with a 14-5 decision over St. Lucia’s Ryan Charles.  The 201-pounder from Las Vegas will take on Nicaragua’s Marcio Figueroa in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.  Hunter needs a top three finish to punch his ticket to London.

Light welterweight Jamel Herring faces Bolivia’s Juan Loayza later on tonight.  The Camp Lejeune-based Marine from Coram, N.Y., needs a top five finish in the 141-pound division to cement his Olympic trip.

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com, check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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