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A 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and one of the most promising boxers to come from the country of Brazil, Yamaguchi Falcao is now on his quest for professional gold in the middleweight division.
A 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and one of the most promising boxers to ever come from the country of Brazil, Yamaguchi Falcao is now on his quest for professional gold in the middleweight division. A native of Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil, Falcao was born into combat sports, as his father was a former mixed martial artist who gave his son the first name of his Japanese trainer, Yamaguchi. Along with his brother Esquiva, Falcao entered the world of amateur boxing, hoping to one day escape the poverty they grew up around. After facing the likes of Marcus Browne, Shawn Estrada, and Ronald Gavril, Falcao fought his way to the brink of the 2012 Olympics at 160 pounds, but with his brother also weighing 160, he decided to move up to eight pounds to avoid possibly fighting Esquiva. The fighting Falcao brothers both went to the London Games, with Esquiva winning a Silver medal and Yamaguchi a Bronze, marking the first time in 46 years that a Brazilian boxer had won an Olympic medal. The two became instant heroes in Brazil, receiving accolades from the President as well as state politicians. And while Yamaguchi stayed with the AIBA for a year, he decided to toss his hat into the pro ring in an effort to follow in the footsteps of Brazilian greats Eder Jofre and Acelino Freitas. Falcao’s professional debut did end in bizarre fashion on January 25, 2014, when he and his opponent, Martin Fidel Rios, were both controversially disqualified, leading to a no contest verdict in the third round. But since then, Falcao has put together three consecutive victories, decisioning Fernando Najera and Martin Fidel Rios and stopping Jesus Cruz.