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Video: Boxer Shakur Stevenson Breaks Down After Losing Gold Medal Bout

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: A view of the boxing gloves in the Reebok lounge - September 2017 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows - Day 5 on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

In a gut-wrenching video from today's Olympic action in Rio, U.S. boxer Shakur Stevenson breaks down after losing the men's bantamweight gold medal bout.

The 19-year-old Stevenson, a New Jersey native, lost a split decision to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana. In the post-fight interview, Shakur Stevenson breaks down after he's overcome with emotion.

Legendary former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard watched Stevenson's fight and interview, and recorded a touching message of respect and encouragement for the heartbroken young fighter. Leonard, the light welterweight gold medalist at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, shared his words for Stevenson on Twitter.

Stevenson saw Leonard's video, and thanked him on Twitter. He also thanked boxer Andre Ward, who reached out as well.

Stevenson should keep his head up, as he has nothing to be ashamed of. He represented his country well.

Also, props to Leonard and Ward for offering up support for the young fighter when he needed it most.