After 44 years, since Servílio de Oliveira’s bronze at Mexico—1968, Brazil has returned to the Olympic boxing medals podium. At this year’s Games in London, Brazil’s sweet-scientists could finally beat the drum in jubilation. In all, they netted three medals in the finest campaign of the South American nation’s pugilistic history, with Esquiva Falcão taking silver in the under-75 kg division; Adriana Araujo, bronze at under-60 kg; and Yamaguchi Falcão, Esquiva’s brother, earning bronze in the under-81 kg weight group.
“Olympic boxing in Brazil will change a lot now I’ve got the medal,” Esquiva told Sportv channel, already foreseeing better days for the style in his homeland. “There are a bunch of names in Brazilian boxing who can turn heads at the 2016 Olympics in Rio,” he added.
Watch the highlights from the match that qualified Esquiva Falcão for the under-75 kg final: