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Shakur Stevenson: Ramirez is Great - But I Want That Gold Medal!

Rio de Janeiro - Reigning Olympic flyweight champion Robeisy Ramirez will go up against rising star Shakur Stevenson for Rio gold on Saturday in a mouthwatering Cuba-US boxing showdown.

The 22-year-old Ramirez was an easy winner in his bantamweight semi-final on Thursday while the teenage American did not even have to throw a punch after his Russian opponent failed to recover from his controversial quarter-final victory.

Relations between the US and Cuba are much improved from the Cold War and the two countries have restored ties, meaning the Ramirez-Stevenson clash will not have the political overtones of yesteryear.

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But it still leaves two of the biggest talents in Rio to slug it out for bantamweight gold and Stevenson, 19, is anticipating a cracker in what many observers believe should be the fight of the tournament in Rio.

"I think it will be a great match-up. He's a great fighter and you've got the up-and-coming rising superstar from the USA, but I plan on coming out victorious," said Stevenson.

"I like competitive fights but I want that gold medal and it's going to be a great fight, I promise," added Stevenson, who irrespective of the result in the final will turn professional afterwards as part of Floyd Mayweather's growing stable of boxers.

"Two skillful fighters and I want to come out on top. I'm ready," he declared.

"I watched a lot of him. I already know what I'm in for and I know he's a great fighter.

"I watched his semi-final fight. He got it done and made it look easy."

Ramirez was far too good for the Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev in that semi, triumphing on unanimous points.

The United States and Cuba are the two most successful countries in Olympic boxing history, but Stevenson represents America's last chance for men's boxing gold in Rio.

Another Cuban, Arlen Lopez, similarly was victorious in his semi-final at middleweight to tee up a gold-medal bout with Uzbekistan's Bektemir Melikuziev, also on Saturday.

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Comment by therealpugilist on 08-19-2016

[QUOTE=WarMaidana;16961789]hell of a fight but cmon man this kid had the easiest path to a guaranteed silver. Should have gave Conlan a shot to fight him[/QUOTE] thats the fight everyone wanted to see....not Shakur's fault they screwed the guy

Comment by SkillspayBills on 08-19-2016

Let's freaking go Shakur!! Bring home that gold!

Comment by JAB5239 on 08-19-2016

[QUOTE=WarMaidana;16961789]hell of a fight but cmon man this kid had the easiest path to a guaranteed silver. Should have gave Conlan a shot to fight him[/QUOTE] Can't blame him for that, it's not his call. And as talented as he…

Comment by Uncle Rodge on 08-19-2016

[QUOTE=larryusa;16961530]Lets go Shakur..USA..USA[/QUOTE] In the spirit of this years Olympics.....BBBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Comment by Catrin on 08-19-2016

What channel?

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