Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson and light flyweight Nico Hernandez, the two American men’s boxers to win medals at the just-completed Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will be honored for their achievements with parades in their hometowns this weekend.
Stevenson, who is 19, claimed a silver medal, the best finish for an American man since Andre Ward -- his favorite fighter -- won the light heavyweight gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
A parade in his honor is scheduled to take place in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday beginning at noon. The parade will conclude at city hall with Stevenson being presented with a key to the city by Mayor Ras J. Baraka at 1 p.m. ET.
Stevenson, who is 25-1 in international competition, was dazzling in his two Olympic victories before losing a razor-close split decision in the final to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez, who won his second gold medal in a row, having won the flyweight tournament four years ago in the London Games.
Hernandez, 20, will be feted in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, with a parade on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. CT. It is scheduled to conclude with a celebration in the gymnasium at North High School, where Hernandez graduated in 2014.
“We are excited about Nico’s success at the Olympics and his future,” said city council member Janet Miller. “We want to give the community an opportunity to come together to celebrate Nico and thank him for representing the United States and Wichita at the Rio Olympics.”
Hernandez won three Olympic matches and secured a bronze medal, the first Olympic medal of any kind for an American man since heavyweight Deontay Wilder also claimed bronze in 2008. The 2012 team was shut out for the first time in American men's Olympic history. Hernandez lost a competitive bout in the semifinals to eventual gold medalist and Val Barker Trophy winner Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan.
Two-time Olympic women’s middleweight gold medalist Claressa Shields, 21, who was awarded the women’s Val Barker Trophy for the Olympics’ most outstanding boxer, enjoyed a hero’s welcome back to her hometown of Flint, Michigan on Tuesday.