An American boxer made headlines at the Rio Olympics on Saturday, but not for his fighting skills.
19-year-old Shakur Stevenson broke down in tears after losing the bantamweight gold medal to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez in a split decision.
Seasoned boxing journos were stunned as Stevenson screamed and wailed inconsolably after the match.
Stevenson was still overcome with emotion during an interview with NBC after the fight.
When asked if he takes pride in winning a silver medal, Shakur wailed, “No! I don’t like to lose”.
The Newark native, who was named after the late rapper Tupac Shakur, hoped to end the 12-year draught in medals for the U.S. men’s Olympic boxing team.
Male athletes are encouraged to show their “human side” after a loss in sports. Today’s men are not expected to “man up” or display their masculinity. Especially now after President Barack Obama, an LGBT rights advocate, declared himself a feminist.
But a black male fighter falling apart so completely on live TV was still a jarring sight to some sports fans.
Sports writers saw the bright side in Stevenson’s future potential as a professional boxer.
But one writer wondered aloud if competing on a world class level is too much pressure for today’s male youth.
“This was Olympic devastation, when a silver medal is considered a loss, when a kid can’t yet step back and see the big picture,” wrote Dan Wetzel for Yahoo Sports.
Shakur I know those tears of a lost and it's painful. Son its ok! This lost will make you a better fighter & I'm so extremly proud of you!
— Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) August 20, 2016
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) August 17, 2016
I'm so proud of Shakur Stevenson, the fight didn't go his way, but the character he showed in his post fight interview made me proud.
— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) August 20, 2016