Rio Olympics: Cuba's Ramirez wins bantamweight gold

Aug 21, 2016, 01:32
Rio Olympics: Cuba's Ramirez wins bantamweight gold

We're going to be watching greatness in the making as 19-year-old New Jersey native Shakur Stevenson goes for the most awesome win of his life in the men's bantamweight finals at the Rio Olympics.

Ramirez claimed a split decision over the American bantamweight Saturday, celebrating with a standing backflip in the ring after a remarkable run in Rio de Janeiro.

Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez clinched a second Olympic title as he narrowly defeated a Floyd Mayweather protege to win bantamweight boxing gold in Rio on Saturday, August 20.

Walsh said Stevenson had fallen short on work rate.

Ramirez won 29-28 on two of the three judges' scorecards. Nico Hernandez won bronze in the light flyweight division on Friday, giving the American men two medals for the first time since those 2004 Games, when middleweight Andre Dirrell also won bronze.

"I'm hurt", he said through tears. "I look at it as a loss". In an interview with NBC after the fight, Stevenson fought to control his emotions. Coach Kay Koroma and the fighter's family rallied around him for comfort, and Stevenson eventually gathered himself for the medal ceremony.

Stevenson was enjoying this, smiling at the punishment and the challenge in front of him. "I'm disappointed in myself and I'm going to come back stronger". "Hopefully they allow Cubans to go to the pros in America and I'll definitely fight him there".

"The referee kept stopping the fight", said Donta Stokley. And perhaps, he said, he could have a rematch with Ramirez.

Put to him that his style - which has been compared to the defensively brilliant Mayweather's - might be more suited to the pro ranks, Stevenson said: "My style's my style, I'm a boxer: period".

The fight appeared to be even at the end with Ramirez winning the first round, Stevenson the second and the third being a close match. Though none did any damage, the flurry may have been enough to decide the fight. As we've seen at other bouts, American fans' attempts to chant "U-S-A!" were shouted down at the Rio Centro venue.

Ramirez fought four times to reach the gold-medal bout, while Stevenson only fought twice after an opening bye and a walkover.

It wasn't until the last minute of the first round that an advantage seemed to be taken, as Ramirez rushed the American into the ropes, scoring points with both the crowd and the judges.

As for Ramirez, who took the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Stevenson hopes he has the chance to avenge this loss as a professional in the United States one day. "Second round, I got".

"He had a good third round", Stevenson said of Ramirez.

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