Shakur Stevenson

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Shakur Stevenson
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Stevenson at the 2016 Olympics
Statistics
Nickname(s)Sugar
Weight(s)Featherweight
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1997-06-28) June 28, 1997 (age 22)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights13
Wins13
Wins by KO7
Losses0

Shakur Stevenson (born June 28, 1997) is an American professional boxer who has held the WBO featherweight title since 2019. As an amateur, Stevenson represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in the bantamweight division.

Personal life[edit]

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Stevenson is the oldest of nine siblings, born to Shahid Guyton and Malikah Stevenson. He took up boxing at age five under his grandfather Wali Moses and cites Andre Ward as his influence.[1][2][3][4]

Amateur career[edit]

Stevenson had a very successful career at the Youth Level, winning the 2014 AIBA Youth World Championships and 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. In 2015 he won the Senior U.S. Olympic Trials, thus qualifying for the U.S. boxing team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.[5] In Rio, Stevenson won a silver medal, losing to Robeisy Ramírez of Cuba in the gold medal match. He was the highest-medaling male for the USA (Claressa Shields won gold on the women's side).

World Series of Boxing record[edit]

2 Wins, 0 Losses[6]
Result Record Team Opponent (Team) Score Date Location Notes
Win 2–0 USA Knockouts Morocco Mohamed Hamout (Morocco Atlas Lions) 3-0 2016-02-19 Morocco Casablanca, Morocco
Win 1–0 USA Knockouts United Kingdom Peter McGrail (British Lionhearts) 3-0 2016-01-21 United States Miami, U.S.

Professional career[edit]

Stevenson turned professional on February 9, 2017 signing a promotional contract with Top Rank.[7][8] He signed Andre Ward as his manager.[9]

Bob Arum told Ringtv that Stevenson would likely make his debut on a stacked card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on April 22, 2017.[10] Stevenson showed off his quickness, defense and punching skills as he won his first professional fight against American boxer Edgar Brito. Stevenson won via fifth round technical decision. Brito was cut on the left eye after an accidental headbutt in round 2. In round 3, he was deducted a point for intentionally headbutting Stevenson. From his own intentional headbutts, Brito suffered a cut over his right eye. The ringside physician stopped the bout. Stevenson was ahead on all three judges scorecards and won every round.[11][12]

In an official press release on May 3, it was confirmed that Stevenson would make his Madison Square Garden debut on undercard of the Crawford vs. Díaz world light welterweight championship fight on May 20, 2017. His opponent was announced as Argentine boxer Carlos Suarez (6-3-2, 1 KO).[13] Stevenson won the bout after 2 minutes and 35 seconds of the first round. Suarez was knocked down before the stoppage.[14] Stevenson's third bout took place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, again on the undercard of Terrence Crawford, this time his unification fight against Julius Indongo on August 19, 2017. Stevenson fought his second straight Argentine opponent, David Michel Paz (4-3) in a scheduled six-round fight. Stevenson easily outpointed Paz over 6 rounds winning 60-53 on all three scorecards. In round 5, Paz was knocked down following a straight left. Stevenson seemed comfortable and patient in letting the fight go the distance.[15] On November 20, Top Rank confirmed 26-year-old Mexican Oscar Mendoza (4-2, 2 KOs) as Stevenson's opponent, which would take place on the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux on December 9, 2017 at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City, New York.[16]

Stevenson's first fight for 2018 was announced on February 7 to take place at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino's Grand Theater in Reno, Nevada on February 16 against Juan Tapia (8-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round bout.[17] Stevenson easily outpointed Tapia, winning 80-72 on all three judges' scorecards. Stevenson showed defensive improvements in the fight, boxed with his jab and worked to the body. He used the distance well, allowing Tapia to land only one punch at a time.[18]

Arrest[edit]

According to a police report, Shakur Stevenson and another boxer, David Grayton, were involved in an altercation in a South Beach parking garage. The two fighters made comments to a group of people in a parking garage, including two women to whom they directed sexual innuendo, which sparked an altercation. Stevenson was arrested on July 1, 2018 and charged with misdemeanor battery. He was sentenced on June 18, 2019 to a year of probation, 50 hours of community service and ordered to pay the victims' medical expenses. Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey, was celebrating his 21st birthday with friends in South Beach when the incident occurred, the report said.[19]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
13 fights 13 wins 0 losses
By knockout 7 0
By decision 6 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
14 N/A N/A Colombia Miguel Marriaga N/A – (12) Mar 14, 2020 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S Defending WBO featherweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Joet Gonzalez UD 12 Oct 26, 2019 United States Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO featherweight title
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Alberto Guevara KO 3 (10), 2:37 Jul 13, 2019 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO NABO featherweight title
11 Win 11–0 Puerto Rico Christopher Diaz UD 10 Apr 20, 2019 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained IBF Inter-Continental title;
Won vacant WBO NABO featherweight title
10 Win 10–0 Philippines Jessie Cris Rosales TKO 4 (10), 1:29 Jan 18, 2019 United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S. Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental and WBC Continental Americas featherweight titles
9 Win 9–0 Romania Viorel Simion TKO 1 (10), 3:00 Oct 13, 2018 United States CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Carlos Ruiz UD 8 Aug 18, 2018 United States Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Brazil Aelio Mesquita TKO 2 (8), 1:45 Jun 9, 2018 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Roxberg Patrick Riley TKO 2 (8), 1:35 Apr 28, 2018 United States Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Juan Tapia UD 8 Feb 16, 2018 United States Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Oscar Mendoza TKO 2 (6), 1:38 Dec 9, 2017 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Argentina David Michel Paz UD 6 Aug 19, 2017 United States Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Argentina Carlos Gaston Suarez TKO 1 (6), 2:35 May 20, 2017 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Edgar Brito TD 6 (6), 3:00 Apr 22, 2017 United States Stubhub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Fight stopped following accidental clash of heads

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shakur Stevenson profile". Team USA. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "MEET SHAKUR STEVENSON, AMERICA'S BEST MALE OLYMPIC FIGHTER IN MORE THAN A DECADE". Fightland. August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.brickcitylive.com/news/bclstaff/welcome-newarks-young-olympic-medalist-back-this-sunday-with-a-homecoming-parade-at-military-park/
  4. ^ https://www.nj.com/essex/2019/12/welcome-home-champ-nj-native-captures-boxing-title-and-the-heart-of-his-city.html
  5. ^ "Newark boxer Shakur Stevenson qualifies for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team". NJ.com. December 13, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "Shakur Stevenson profile". World Series of Boxing. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Inks Promotional Pact With Top Rank - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Top Rank signs Shakur Stevenson, plans to turn him pro in April - The Ring". The Ring. February 9, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Shakur Stevenson signs with Top Rank and hires Andre Ward - Boxing News". Boxing News. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "Shakur Stevenson likely to make pro debut on April 22 in Carson - The Ring". The Ring. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  11. ^ "Shakur Stevenson outclasses Edgar Brito in pro debut - The Ring". The Ring. April 22, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Makes Pro Debut, Beats Brito in Five Rounds - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  13. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Returns on Crawford vs. Diaz Card at MSG - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Scores 1st-Round TKO at The Garden - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  15. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Drops Paz, Wins Easy Decision, Moves to 3-0 - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  16. ^ "Shakur Stevenson vs. Oscar Mendoza on Dec.9 » Boxing News". Boxing News 24. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "Shakur Stevenson vs. Juan Tapia on February 16 in Reno". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Picks Apart Tapia, Easily Wins Decision". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  19. ^ https://www.local10.com/news/florida/miami-beach/boxer-to-serve-1-year-probation-50-hours-community-service-for-miami-beach-beating

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Achievements
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Kid Galahad
IBF Inter-Continental featherweight champion
January 18 – October 26, 2019
Vacant
Vacant
Title last held by
Joshue Veraza
WBC Continental Americas featherweight champion
January 18 – October 26, 2019
Vacant
Title last held by
Joet Gonzalez
WBO-NABO featherweight champion
April 20 – October 26, 2019
Won world title
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Óscar Valdez
WBO featherweight champion
October 26, 2019 – present
Incumbent