Olympics: Robeisy Ramirez beat Shakur Stevenson to gold in historic Cuba v USA fight

USA's Shakur Stevenson (red) fights Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez (blue) during the Men's Bantam (56kg) Final Bout at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro
Image: Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez (right) won his second gold medal

Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez out-pointed the United States’ Shakur Stevenson to decide the first Olympic gold medal fight between the two boxing powerhouses in 20 years.

The nations are the most successful in Olympic boxing history yet had oddly avoided each other with the top prize on the line until Ramirez beat Stevenson via split decision to settle the bantamweight gold.

The 22-year-old Ramirez, one of the most technically proficient punchers at Rio 2016, has become just the third boxer in history to win two Olympic golds in separate weight divisions. He was the reigning flyweight champion after success at London 2012.

USA's Shakur Stevenson (red) fights Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez (blue) during the Men's Bantam (56kg) Final Bout at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro
Image: Cuba and the USA have a storied Olympic boxing rivalry

For his part, 19-year-old silver medallist Stevenson is tipped for a bright future despite the first defeat of his meteoric amateur career.

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