Skip navigation
Favorites
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Boxing: Shakur Stevenson takes silver in split decision loss to Cuba’s Ramirez

Rio Olympics Boxing

United States’ Shakur Stevenson, left, fights Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez during a men’s bantamweight 56-kg final boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

AP

Three four-round gold medal bouts hit the Olympics on Saturday, with one featuring one of the best American boxing prospects in recent history.

Shakur Stevenson took the silver medal after losing a split decision against Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez on Saturday in Rio.

WATCH: Full fight replay

Ramirez caught a slow-to-react Stevenson a few times in the first round, and was rewarded with unanimous 10-9 scores from all three judges, but Stevenson came back to land a trio of late shots in the second round to get the same scores in his favor.

The third round was a split decision, with Stevenson winning on Evangelos Bougioukas’ card and Ramirez winning on the cards of Fathi Madfoua and Trong Nghia Vuong.

Stevenson’s fight was in the middle of two others. First, Great Britain flyweight Nicola Adams defeated France’s Sarah Ourahmoune, taking three of four rounds on all three judges’ cards.

Cuban middleweight Arlen Lopez made it two golds for his country on the day, posting a 3-0 win over Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev.

Follow @NicholasMendola