TOKYO, Japan — Editor's note: The interview with "Tiger" Johnson in the player above was originally published before the Tokyo Olympics began.
It’s a big day for boxing in the Tokyo Olympics on Friday with two Ohio natives entering the ring in their continued fight for a medal.
Cleveland native Delante “Tiger” Johnson is set to face Roniel Iglesias of Cuba in the quarterfinals (Round of 8) at 5:36 a.m. EST Friday. You can watch him compete live HERE.
This fight comes after Johnson won his two previous battles, the most recent victory happening earlier this week against Ablaikhan Zhussupov from Kazakhstan in the Welterweight Division.
“I definitely appreciate everybody that’s supporting me,” Johnson told 3News on Monday before his second fight. “I feel like that’s something everybody needs. Big shout outs to Cleveland.”
Toledo boxer Oshae Jones made her quarterfinals appearance at 5:03 a.m. EST on Friday in the next round of women’s boxing against Maria Altagracia Moronta Hernandez of the Dominican Republic. She won the matchup, advancing to the semifinals.
"Boxing chose me,” she told WTOL before the Olympics began. “This is what I was supposed to do. I don't know how, I don't know why, but I had to make it work.”
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