United States' Shakur Stevenson and Brazil's Robenilson de Jesus exchange punches during a men's bantamweight bout (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

RIO DE JANEIRO --  Nico Hernandez won USA Boxing the Olympic medal it failed to bring home in London.

At the Rio Games, coach Billy Walsh said one bronze medal should just be the launching point for a bigger haul.

"With the fighters that we have left, I think there's going to be a few more," Walsh said Sunday. "We want to change the color of those."

New Jersey fighter Shakur Stevenson, a gold medal favorite, won his first bantamweight bout of the tournament by unanimous decision over Brazilian fighter Robenilson de Jesus.

 

 

Stevenson delivered a flurry of uppercuts in the third that left de Jesus shaken against the ropes and sealed the win.

Stevenson was soundly booed from the moment he was introduced all the way through the final decision.

"I never got booed like that in my life. I didn't think it was going to be that bad. I'm like, dang," he said.

But he'll fight another day and continue his bid to become the first American gold-medal winner since Andre Ward in 2004 in the Athens Games.

American fighters have won nine times.

The London men's team failed to win any medals at all for the nation that still leads the world in Olympic golds and total medals.

Gary Russell advanced to the light welterweight quarterfinals with a win over Thailand's Wuttichai Masuk.

His win secured, Russell threw his arms in the air with about 20 seconds left in the bout.

"It's just showboating," he said, smiling. "I had to give the crowd something. Everyone's chanting for their hometown. Why not chant for America as well?"

 

 

Hernandez, out of Wichita, Kansas, had already secured bronze earlier in the tournament. He was simply on hand to have the medal placed around his neck.

 

 

"I believe it opened a lot of doors for me. I'm going to look into the pro career, not sure I'm going to go pro yet," Hernandez said. "It's a great feeling to be the first one to bring a medal home for the USA since 2008. I believe my teammates have a great chance of bringing more medals home."