The Lozano family was active in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, but it was now in Tokyo 2020 that Jimmy reached the podium.
Jaime lozano made a dream come true that began 53 years ago. In Mexico 1968, his father, of the same name, failed to get on the podium in boxing, but now, in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, he achieved a dream medal in his family with bronze after Triumph’s victory over Japan 3-1.
In front of this Mexican team, Lozano achieved triumphs over France and South Africa in the group round, although they also lost to the host. In the quarterfinal round they managed to defeat South Korea 6-3, and in the semifinals they fell short on penalties against Brazil 4-1. Already in the duel for the bronze, they gave an account of 3-1 against Japan to reach the bronze.
The medal of Tri Olympic of ‘Jimmy’ was the fourth bronze that Mexico got in this summer joust, and the first for the Lozano family, since neither his uncle, Sergio, managed to get on the podium as a boxer in Munich 1972.
The father of ‘Jimmy’ participated in the Mexico Olympic Games ’68 and he fell a couple of victories away from securing a medal in the Super Lightweight category, finally reaching the ninth position. What’s more, Sergio Lozano, the uncle of the former Pumas player, took part in the 1972 Munich Olympic fair and came within one triumph of getting a welterweight medal, finishing his participation in fifth place.
“Both Jaime and Sergio were very good fighters, of a high level, there were many expectations with them, but unfortunately they did not achieve the medals,” recalled the legendary Mexican coach Ignacio Beristáin, a member of the coaching staff of that boxing team that in 1968 got four medals and the one from 1972 that won another one.
In Mexico 1968, ‘Jimmy’s’ dad had two bouts. He first beat Ghana’s Emmanuel Lawson by unanimous decision, and then fell to East Germany’s Peter Tiepold in the Round of 16.
In Munich 1972, Sergio beat Joe Mensah of Nigeria in his first battle and then in the Round of 16 he beat Kerry Devlin of Australia, by split decision; however, he fell in the quarterfinals to Richard Murunga of Kenya by knockout.
“This Jaime was a very good player, a serious guy, hopefully after so many years he can get on the podium for the family and for Mexico,” Beristáin Rocha said in an interview for ESPN the 28th of July.
And this is how Jimmy achieved it at dawn this Friday, adding one more medal for Mexico in this Olympic joust and fulfilling the dream that his father and uncle started 53 years ago.