Shakur Stevenson takes silver in finals - WSMV News 4

Shakur Stevenson defeated, takes silver in finals

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In one of the closest boxing matchups of the Rio Olympics, Shakur Stevenson lost out to Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez by split decision. By the end of the second round the match was tied between the competitors both taking a win in an earlier round.

This is Cuba's seventh consecutive medal in as many Olympics. And although Shakur has not taken the gold, this is the highest finish for an American bantamweight boxer since the 1988 Seoul Olympics when Kennedy McKinney took gold.

Stevenson had a comparatively easy road to the gold medal match, only having to fight twice due to his bye as a high seeded competitor. In contrast, Ramirez was not seeded and had to win four fights to make it to the finals. 

Nevertheless, this is a tough loss for Stevenson as he has never lost a match to an international opponent before today. In a post match interview with NBC Olympics' Chris Mannix, he broke down talking about his loss.

History was also made on Saturday, as Nicola Adams (GBR) became the first female boxer to retain her gold medal. Adams was the first ever Olympic gold medalist in women's flyweight boxing when it was established in 2012. Cuba took a second gold medal for the day in the men's middleweight, with the victory of Arlen Lopez.

American Claressa Shields will look to retain her title, on the final day of the Olympics at 1 p.m. EST.


Men's Bantamweight

Gold: Robeisy Ramirez (CUB) 

Silver: Shakur Stevenson (USA)

Bronze: Vladimir Nikitin (RUS)

Bronze: Murodjon Akhmadaliev (UZB)

Women’s Flyweight 

Gold: Nicola Adams (GBR)

Silver: Sarah Ourahmoune (FRA)  

Bronze: Ren Cancan (CHN)

Bronze: Ingrit Lorena Valencia Victoria (COL)

Men's Middleweight

Gold: Arlen Lopez (CUB)

Silver: Bektemir Melikuziev (UZB) 

Bronze: Kamran Shakhsuvarly 

Bronze: Misael Rodriguez (MEX) 


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