Tulare native Richard Torrez, Jr. will be competing for the gold medal in boxing this weekend.
On Tuesday night, the super-heavyweight defeated his opponent from Kazakhstan by way of technical knockout.
He had a bronze medal going into the bout, but now the least he can earn is a silver medal.
He is the second local athlete who advanced to the final round, after Merced High grad Madilyn "Bubba" Nickles brought home a silver medal in softball a few days ago.
Torrez Jr.'s final bout will be against a competitor from Uzbekistan.
It will take place this Saturday night at 11:15.