Why Did Shakur Stevenson Cry After Losing in the Olympics?

Published 06/11/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Silver medalist Shakur Stevenson of the United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Bantam (56kg) on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro – Pavilion 6 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


The 23-year-old Shakur Stevenson has looked flawless in his professional boxing career, amassing a 15-0 record and the 126 lbs world title already. However, many had predicted this lavish journey after they saw him compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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‘Fearless’ couldn’t be the best man as he failed to win the finals. However, his performance and post-fight emotions grabbed attention from all over the globe, turning him into an overnight sensation. Despite Stevenson having become an elite professional in the five years since Rio 2016, boxing fans continue to reminisce about the moment from the past.

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It also remains an important phase in Shakur Stevenson’s career, as it became his turning point. In 2017, Stevenson became professional and attained bigger things. Here’s a look back at the moment when Shakur Stevenson cried after losing the gold.

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A bantamweight then, Stevenson went on a tear before Robeisy Ramirez outpointed him in the finals. The Cuban pugilist unleashed a pack of punches and battered ‘Fearless’.

Though the American appeared strong, the judges backed Ramirez on the scoreboard. As Shakur Stevenson departed with the silver medal, he exploded in tears, revealing that losing was never an option to him.

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While the young boxer could have justified his performance, he didn’t go against the judges’ decision. A teary-eyed Stevenson hailed his Cuban opponent for getting the win and made no excuses. However, his disappointment made several fans emotional.

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The American boxer said, “I just don’t like to lose.”

“Nah, I had to make it clear. I like all my fights to be clear victories. I felt like he got his victory, much respect to him.”

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That said, Stevenson and Ramirez are now professional boxers. However, Robeisy Ramirez (7-1) became a professional in 2019, two years after Stevenson. Considering this, a rematch is on the cards. But the Cuban will have to earn this fight as ‘Fearless’ is among the cream of the crop in the professional boxing world.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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