Shakur Stevenson

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 9wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 5kos

AGE:
21
Birthplace:
Newark, New Jersey
Height:
5'8"
reach:
68"
Managers:
Andre Ward, James Prince, Josh Dubin
Trainers:
Wali Moses (Shakur’s grandfather), Kay Koroma

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Shakur Stevenson

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.”

fight history

  • 2018

    In his last fight on 6-9-18 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Aelio Mesquita (16-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn main event, and Shakur quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, the first with a left hand-right hook-left hand combination, the second with a left hand; he scored two knockdowns with left hands early in the 2nd, but was penalized one point for hitting Mesquita when he was on the canvas after the second knockdown – Mesquita got up, but Shakur scored another knockdown with a left hand moments later, Mesquita’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:45.

    On 4-28-18 in Philadelphia, PA, he won by TKO (2nd round) against previously undefeated Patrick Riley (12-0): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Isaac Dogboe vs. Jessie Magdaleno main event; Shakur scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd round – Riley got up, but Shakur rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:35.

    On 2-16-18 in Reno, NV, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Johnny “Blaze” Tapia (8-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Ray Beltran vs. Paulus Moses main event, and Shakur dominated the fight; he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Tapia, and landed the sharper punches; scored 80-72 on all three scorecards.

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  • 2017

    On 12-9-17 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Oscar Mendoza (4-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was one of the co-features with the Vasily Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux main event, and Shakur quickly overwhelmed him; he rocked Mendoza repeatedly in the 1st round, then rocked him with a series of punches in the 2nd and the referee stopped the fight at 1:38.

    On 8-19-17 in Omaha, NB, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against David Paz (4-3-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo main event; Paz gave a determined effort, but Shakur consistently out-boxed and out-worked him, landed the sharper punches, and dominated the fight; Shakur punched out Paz’ mouthpiece in the 5th round, and scored a knockdown with a left hook moments later; scored 60-53 on all three scorecards.

    On 5-20-17 in New York he won by TKO (1st round) against Carlos Suarez (6-3-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz main event at Madison Square Garden, and Shakur quickly overpowered him; he pressed forward, rocked Suarez repeatedly, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches late in 1st round and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:35.

    He made his debut at the age of 19 on 4-22-17 in Carson, CA, and won by technical decision (6th round) against Edgar Brito 3-2-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was a special attraction on a triple world championship card; Brito gave a determined effort, but Shakur consistently out-boxed and out-worked him, and dominated the fight; Brito was cut over his left eye by an accidental clash of heads in the 2nd round, and was cut over his right eye in the 3rd – it was ruled an intentional headbutt, and Brito was penalized one point; the 6th round started, but the referee stopped the fight on Brito’s cuts on the recommendation cof the ringside doctor at 0:01 and the fight went to the scorecards – Shakur led by scores of 60-53 on all three scorecards.

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