Cincinnati to Celebrate Olympic Boxing Silver Medalist Duke Ragan Tuesday Night in Fountain Square

The professional boxer from the West End was undefeated until the final match for gold.

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Team USA boxer Duke Ragan rolled with the punches and came out victorious at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a silver medal, and his hometown of Cincinnati is ready to celebrate.

To honor his accomplishments in the international arena, Cincinnati City Councilmember Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney is welcoming Ragan’s local fans to Fountain Square at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10. Along with live music from DJ Vader and performances from the Q-Kidz Dance Team, representatives from Cincinnati and Hamilton County, past Olympic medalists and Ragan’s friends, family and supporters will be on hand, according to WLWT-TV.

Ragan gave an impressive performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, first matching up against France’s Samuel Kistohurry and remaining undefeated in the featherweight category until the final match for gold against the Russian Olympic Committee’s Albert Batyrgaziev. Ragan, who lost 3-2, was awarded the silver medal.

Even before his medal, Ragan was making history at the games prior to entering the ring. Along with teammates Keyshawn Davis and Troy Isley, Ragan was one of the first professional boxers to join USA Boxing at the Olympics as well as the country's first pro to medal at the games, according to Team USA. 

Growing up in West End and graduating from Western Hills High School in 2015, Ragan kept his training for the Olympics local, preparing at his home gym Cincinnati Golden Gloves in Over-the-Rhine with family, according to WLWT. The club has done its part to see USA Boxing to success at the Olympics even before Ragan, as members of the gym have brought home silver and bronze medals according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Since Ragan officially went pro last summer, he has remained undefeated, according to his official Team USA profile, with a record of 4-0 and one KO — a victory awarded when the boxer’s opponent is knocked out and unable to continue the fight after a 10-second count. Team USA also noted that Ragan placed second in the Elite World Championships in 2017 and was a U.S. national champion in 2018.

Despite all of his international success in the ring, Ragan has kept his hometown in his thoughts throughout his career. 

“There’s a lot of boxers in the world, also for me to be the standout guy on the USA team and being No. 1 and representing my country and of course from Cincinnati, Ohio, so it's a big motivation for me because I know a lot of people wish they can be there," Ragan told WLWT. 

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