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Robeisy Ramirez Defeats Shakur Stevenson by Split Decision to Win Gold in Rio

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, the 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, Robeisy Ramirez took a close split-decision victory over American Shakur Stevenson to snag the gold medal in Rio.

The Bantamweight bout was tight, with Ramirez unanimously taking Round 1 on the judges’ cards and Stevenson doing the same in Round 2, but the Cuban’s activity proved to be the difference in the decisive third and final round.

Stevenson was understandably upset after the fight, but was still gracious in defeat and said that he felt his Cuban opponent won the bout.

Stevenson’s story was well documented throughout the games, as he proved to be one of the best boxing prospects in recent American history.

The silver medal is the best finish for an American male since Andre Ward took gold as a light Heavyweight in 2004.

Claressa Shields, who won gold in London, will be the final American boxer with a chance to win gold in Rio as she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands on Sunday.

Stevenson showed a lot of promise throughout the competition and with his recent signing to Floyd Mayweather‘s Mayweather Promotions imprint, the New Jersey native will continue to develop.

 

Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC. Alex can be reached at Alex@RoundByRoundBoxing.com.

299 comments
Ray Jones
Ray Jones

Shakur,we know you are going to be world champ one day. You are whst USA bpxing needs. Its hard I know. Put that log on the fire and it will continue burn stronger.

Jayda Lilnu Davis
Jayda Lilnu Davis

Y'all worrisome like shutup. Not realizing that shakur is in love with this sport and worked extremely hard to get where he is today. I'm so proud of you Shakur Stevenson love you hun

Mike Trainer
Mike Trainer

Classy kid. What an example of American and world class excellence. Must respect young man\U0001f44a\U0001f3fc

Abel Navarrete Jr.
Abel Navarrete Jr.

Damn man. I know the feeling! Badass run and Great way to represent the USA like you did!! BEAST

Oskr Leon
Oskr Leon

Its all good champ.... No shame in feeling emotional. You represented for Americans and yourself and should be very proud... chin up \U0001f4aa

Willie L. Franklin
Willie L. Franklin

No hating at all. Way to battle, kid. Great job. You represented your country with honor.

Mike Ayon
Mike Ayon

Good job young man. We're all proud of you keep your head up.

Ken Bam Bam
Ken Bam Bam

Mo Mo Fourfourtwo Ali Haydari mayweather hat ihn unter Vertrag genommen

Daniel Martinez
Daniel Martinez

Keep that head up young man you are headed for greatness....you represented the USA with class.See you soon on Pay Per View.....

King Garcia
King Garcia

What a sore loser-winner. Lol cried like he was 2 again.

Von Powell
Von Powell

He signed with Mayweather wont be crying for long

Jarad Ponce
Jarad Ponce

Champ right there. You can't be great at what you do if you don't have emotion about it

David Supa Moore
David Supa Moore

Damn he hurt but he won already he went and fought fuh US USA THAT'S ALL WE NEEDED LIL HOMIE💯💯👊👊💪💪✌✌

Von Powell
Von Powell

He been signed to the money team he crying tears of joy over all the millions he will make

Mike Bradley
Mike Bradley

Great Job...Take pride in your silver and come back for your gold!

Lateef Phoenix
Lateef Phoenix

Big up to the young boy, he represented for his city, county, state, and country.. and handled it all graciously and responsibly... I'm proud of the young boy.. \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts

Listen if you just fail at something you love in front of the world. It's completely normal to be upset. This kid will be an top pro

Donk Rafael Ramirez
Donk Rafael Ramirez

GREAT BOXER, APRENDÍ ALGO DESDE QUE ENPESE EL BOXEO EN MI PAÍS CUBA, UN CONPAÑERO DE EQUIPO TENIA QUE ENFRENTAR AL MEJOR BOXEADOR DE SU PESÓ, EL PERDIÓ ,LUEGO ENPEZO A LLORAR ,LLEGO NUESTRO ENTRENADOR, LO ABRAZO Y NO DIJO ME GUSTA MUCHO LO QUE HICISTE, CUANDO UN BOXEADOR LLORA DESPUÉS DE UNA DERROTA MUESTRA BERGUENZA, PRESTIGIO ,DIGNIDAD Y DECEO DE SER GRANDE (ESO LO DIJO ELEODORO DUQUE ESTABLE) ALÍA EL DUQUE DE GUANTANAMO CUBA TREMENDO TALENTO DEL BOXEO CUBANOS,CONGRATULATIONS STEVENSON CON LOS GRANDES NO SE PIERDE SE APRENDE, ,RAFAEL, YARY AND FAMILY

James Corkey Glover
James Corkey Glover

HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH YOUNG BROTHER. WE ARE SO VERY MUCH PROUD OF YOU AND YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. I TOO AM FROM NEWARK (BRICK CITY),ALL DAY / EVERYDAY. SO I KNOW THE STRUGGLES, BUT JUST LOOK HOW FAR YOU COME AND STILL GOING

Jayson Mosucka
Jayson Mosucka

Good job kid this will make u better believe in urself n the people will also

Tiffiany Wells
Tiffiany Wells

He had his mind set on getting to the top. It hurts, but he will go on to be great. Don't stomp on a person's dream. A true champion admits defeat and compliments those who have beaten them. Keep striving to be the best you can and will be young man.

Eduardo Resendiz
Eduardo Resendiz

Keep your head up Shakur, we \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8 are proud of you!

Wilfred Thomas
Wilfred Thomas

Just remember son, you win some and you lose some. You were humble in your defeat and you'll one day be champion of the world!!!! Just look at your mentor Floyd Mayweather. He got robbed in the Olympic's and never lost again after that!

Papito Cardona
Papito Cardona

Hats of to this young gladiator mad humble and made no excuse congrats on your silver medal now go sign with money Mayweather and get yours young brother #futureworldchampion

Kyle Jones
Kyle Jones

Nothing hurts worse than falling short at something you've given everything to. The victory is in the struggle, not the win. Much love and respect for your effort.

Mark Van Tassel
Mark Van Tassel

It's easy to talk from your couch!!!!!!great job!!!!

David Mejias
David Mejias

Being from Newark, kid keep your head up, you represented our city and the people of our city with resiliency with heart and with determination, you're a champion kid. And you're only going to learn and grow get stronger get faster smarter. Keep doing you. The people from Newark are super proud of you!

Anthony Metellus
Anthony Metellus

That hurt me watching this but keep your head up kids you'll have a bright future ahead of you.

Travis Santiago
Travis Santiago

The one thing that people need to realize about this kid and this fight...it was more than just him not wanting to lose but he was on a platform that comes only every 4 years and he knows losing this fight is another 4 years he will have to wait in order to show and prove...but let's take somethings away from this...he's an compassionate competitor (nothing wrong with that) but he is also a respectful person in his lose...the world got to see the future of Shakur Stevenson. This is definitely not the last time we will see him...mark my words.

Samir Granger
Samir Granger

You destined for greatness.\U0001f64f\U0001f3fe

Edouard Goumachian
Edouard Goumachian

Better well deserved silver than paid for gold , stolen from the winner .

Ralph Howard
Ralph Howard

U got a pro style ! U see him in the pros. Good job champ.

Earl Iglesia
Earl Iglesia

Thats alright kid. No such thing as losses.. Just lessons. Learn from this and now you know what change needs to be made for next time. All good kid just keep it going champ..\U0001f44d\U0001f44a

Chris Thony
Chris Thony

good fighter but robeisy was better, more quality and best boxing technical.

Lolo Cook
Lolo Cook

He's going to be ok believe me. He's going to work hard and be a good pro

Jason Gamble
Jason Gamble

That young man has talent. The same thing happened to Roy Jones Jr. They lit a fire in him... You are going to see big things from him... VERY BIG THINGS!

Victoria Ivette Rodriguez
Victoria Ivette Rodriguez

It's a tough break he didn't get the gold. He's still a champion. I admire his drive and talent. I'm sure his future is bright and he'll find a lot of success Congratulations on your silver medal!

Rich L Öpez
Rich L Öpez

good fighter,seems like a good kid..but someone nees to teach him how to lose with honor.i know its easier said than done.wish him nothing but the best,he has a promising future.

Nathan O'quinn
Nathan O'quinn

Keep your head up lil bro....you showed more courage after the fight than most I know you earned all my respect

Andy Kilburn
Andy Kilburn

Somebody needs to tell him that silver at the Olympics is still a great accomplishment.

Tom Powell
Tom Powell

Head up champ!! Worst feeling is the world losing something you was so close to..

Eppie Regis
Eppie Regis

Turn pro with Mayweather Promotions...

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