Just 21 years old, Shakur is a one-year pro. A sensational young prospect at 126 pounds, he was one of the United States’ top amateur boxers in recent years. He had a tremendous career at the elite international level that peaked with his winning the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He is managed as a professional by his hero, Andre Ward, along with James Prince and Josh Dubin, and trained by his grandfather, Wali Moses, and Kay Koroma.
Shakur is promoted by Top Rank Inc. and Antonio Leonard Productions.
He fought seven times in his first 14 months as a pro.
In his last fight on June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas he won by second-round TKO against Aelio Mesquita.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Blue-chip featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson scored five knockdowns in a one-sided destruction of Aelio Mesquita of Brazil.
Stevenson, a southpaw, made his Las Vegas debut in impressive fashion.
He had a huge first round, dropping Mesquita twice, first with a three-punch combination and then with a straight left hand moments later.
He scored three more knockdowns in the second round, but when he hit Mesquita when he was already down for the second time in the round, referee Benjy Esteves took a point from him. But moments later he floored him again with a left hand and Esteves stopped the fight at 1 minute, 45 seconds as Mesquita’s corner was throwing in the towel. [End Rafael item]
In his post-fight interview, Shakur said, “I’m just getting better at my craft. I’m working on setting up my punches and the results show that. This is the strongest I’ve felt coming into a fight.
“I was focused on picking my punches and finishing him when I had him hurt. I’m definitely ready for a step up in competition in my next fight.”
In earlier interviews, Shakur said, “I’ve been training in Alexandria, Virginia, since I was 17. I train at the Alexandria Boxing Club here, but Newark is my home town – that’s where I was born and raised. That’s my city.
“My style – I would say I’m a thinker and a performer. I’m a lot more of a boxer.
“I’ve been to a few training camps with pros. I was in Andre Ward’s training camp when he fought Sergey Kovalev. I was in Terence Crawford’s training camp, helping him spar, when he fought Viktor Postol – I did four four-minute rounds with Terence. If you listen to Terence after that fight, he shouts out, ‘Good luck to the Olympic team that was helping me in sparring – Shakur and everybody on the Olympic team.’ I also sparred with Gary Russell Jr.
“I met Andre Ward when I was younger. I think it was in May or June, 2015. He had a kid that was from our gym in Alexandria, Antoine Douglas, and I went down there. I was hanging out and watching every time he sparred and trained, but I was training there also. That was my first time meeting ‘Dre.”