American boxer Shakur Stevenson fell short of his goal of winning an Olympic gold medal Saturday, as he lost to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez by split decision in the gold medal bout of the bantamweight division. As one would expect the Newark, New Jersey was heartbroken, breaking down in tears during his post-fight interview. The disappointment expressed by Stevenson led to some of the best in boxing, both past and present, reaching out via Twitter.
Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard sent a video message to Stevenson from his account, with current champions Andre Ward (who’s been a mentor to Stevenson) and Terence “Bud” Crawford posting tweets of their own.
Four years after winning her first Olympic boxing gold medal, American Claressa Shields is on the verge of winning a second.
WATCH: Claressa Shields advances to gold medal bout
Shields advanced to the gold medal bout in the middleweight (69-75 kg) division Friday afternoon with a win by unanimous decision over Dariga Shakimova of Kazakhstan. Shield won all four rounds on two of the three judges’ scorecards, with the other scoring three rounds in Shields’ favor. Shields was dominant throughout the fight, scoring a knockdown in the final round but her overwhelmed foe was able to finish the fight.
MORE: NBC’s B.J. Flores on Shields’ victory, gold medal bout preview
In the gold medal bout Sunday, Shields will face Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands, with Fontijn defeating China’s Li Quan in the other semifinal.
Shields is one of two American boxers fighting in gold medal bouts this weekend, with Shakur Stevenson facing Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez on Saturday.
Claressa Shields is going to medal again.
The 2012 gold medal boxer from Flint, Michigan, assured herself of that with a 3-0 decision over fellow middleweight Iaroslava Iakushina on Wednesday in Rio.
WATCH: Full fight replays
Shields, 21, only lost a single round between three judges, and cruised to the win.
She’ll face Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova in a semifinal. Since both losing semifinalists in boxing receive bronze medals, she is guaranteed a medal.
The other semifinal sees Li Qian of China and Nouchka Fontijin of the Netherlands.