Shakur Stevenson

Ash-Shakur Nafi-Shahid Stevenson (born June 28, 1997) is an American professional boxer. He has held the WBO interim junior lightweight title since June 2021 and previously held the WBO featherweight title from 2019 to 2020. As an amateur, Stevenson represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in the bantamweight division.

Shakur Stevenson
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Stevenson at the 2016 Olympics
Statistics
Real nameAsh-Shakur Nafi-Shahid Stevenson
Nickname(s)Sugar
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1997-06-28) June 28, 1997 (age 24)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights16
Wins16
Wins by KO8
Losses0

Amateur careerEdit

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.[1] 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 for the USA women's team.

World Series of Boxing recordEdit

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

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Stevenson turned professional on February 9, 2017 signing a promotional contract with Top Rank.[3][4] He signed Andre Ward as his manager.[5]

Promoter 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.[6] 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.[7][8]

In an official press release on May 3, it was confirmed that Stevenson would make his Madison Square Garden debut on undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Félix Díaz world light welterweight championship fight on May 20, 2017. His opponent was announced as Argentine boxer Carlos Suarez (6-3-2, 1 KO).[9] Stevenson won the bout after 2 minutes and 35 seconds of the first round. Suarez was knocked down before the stoppage.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

WBO featherweight championEdit

Stevenson vs. GonzalezEdit

Stevenson continued his winning streak, compiling a perfect record of 12-0 before facing Joet Gonzalez for the vacant WBO featherweight title on October 26, 2019. Gonzalez was ranked #2 by the WBO at featherweight.[15] The two men had a long-running feud, due to the fact that Stevenson's girlfriend of the past three years had been Gonzalez's younger sister, Jajaira. Gonzalez and his father openly disapproved of the relationship and of Stevenson.[16] On the night, Stevenson outboxed his opponent, winning a unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 119-109 in his favor. After the final bell, Stevenson attempted to reconcile with Gonzalez without success, saying, "I told him he's a helluva fighter. He didn't really want to talk to me, but it is what it is."[17] On July 9, 2020, Stevenson vacated his WBO title without making a single title defense, as he had moved up to the super featherweight division.[18]

Super featherweightEdit

Stevenson vs. ClaryEdit

On 12 December 2020 Stevenson fought Toka Khan Clary. Stevenson defeated Clary convincingly, winning the fight by a wide margin on all three scorecards, 100-90, 100-90 and 100-90.[19]

Stevenson vs. NakathilaEdit

After improving to 15-0, Stevenson knocked Jeremiah Nakathila down with a check hook in the fourth round of their fight, en route to a shutout unanimous decision victory on June 12, 2021 in Las Vegas to win the vacant WBO interim junior lightweight title.[20][21] Nakathila was ranked #2 by the WBO at super featherweight.[22] The bout attracted criticism from pundits and analysts, citing the low number of punches thrown by either man leading to a lack of action. So few meaningful punches were thrown that the ESPN commentators Joe Tessitore, Tim Bradley and Andre Ward who were calling the fight criticized Stevenson during the live broadcast of the fight.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Stevenson is the oldest of nine siblings, born to his mother Malikah Stevenson and raised by his stepfather Shahid Guyton. Stevenson’s biological father, who was of Puerto Rican descent was not a part of Shakur’s life. He took up boxing at age five under his grandfather Wali Moses and cites Andre Ward as his influence.[24][25][26][27]

According to a police report, 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.[28] Stevenson was arrested on July 1, 2018 and charged with misdemeanor assault. On June 18, 2019, Stevenson reached a deal in court in which the charges would be dropped after completing one year of probation and 50 hours of community service. He had already paid the victims' medical expenses.[29]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
16 fights 16 wins 0 losses
By knockout 8 0
By decision 8 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
17 N/A N/A   Jamel Herring N/A – (12) Oct 23, 2021   State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. For WBO junior lightweight title
16 Win 16–0   Jeremiah Nakathila UD 12 Jun 12, 2021   Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO interim junior lightweight title
15 Win 15–0   Toka Khan Clary UD 10 Dec 12, 2020   MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
14 Win 14–0   Felix Caraballo KO 6 (10), 1:31 Jun 9, 2020   MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   Joet Gonzalez UD 12 Oct 26, 2019   Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO featherweight title
12 Win 12–0   Alberto Guevara KO 3 (10), 2:37 Jul 13, 2019   Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO-NABO featherweight title
11 Win 11–0   Christopher Diaz UD 10 Apr 20, 2019   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title;
Won vacant WBO-NABO featherweight title
10 Win 10–0   Jessie Cris Rosales TKO 4 (10), 1:29 Jan 18, 2019   Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S. Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental and WBC Continental Americas featherweight titles
9 Win 9–0   Viorel Simion TKO 1 (10), 3:00 Oct 13, 2018   CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Carlos Ruiz UD 8 Aug 18, 2018   Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Aelio Mesquita TKO 2 (8), 1:45 Jun 9, 2018   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Roxberg Patrick Riley TKO 2 (8), 1:35 Apr 28, 2018   Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Juan Tapia UD 8 Feb 16, 2018   Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Oscar Mendoza TKO 2 (6), 1:38 Dec 9, 2017   The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   David Michel Paz UD 6 Aug 19, 2017   Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Carlos Gaston Suarez TKO 1 (6), 2:35 May 20, 2017   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Edgar Brito TD 6 (6), 3:00 Apr 22, 2017   Stubhub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Unanimous TD after Brito cut from accidental head clash

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Newark boxer Shakur Stevenson qualifies for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team". NJ.com. December 13, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Shakur Stevenson profile". World Series of Boxing. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Inks Promotional Pact With Top Rank - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Top Rank signs Shakur Stevenson, plans to turn him pro in April - The Ring". The Ring. February 9, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Shakur Stevenson signs with Top Rank and hires Andre Ward - Boxing News". Boxing News. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Shakur Stevenson likely to make pro debut on April 22 in Carson - The Ring". The Ring. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Shakur Stevenson outclasses Edgar Brito in pro debut - The Ring". The Ring. April 22, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Makes Pro Debut, Beats Brito in Five Rounds - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Returns on Crawford vs. Diaz Card at MSG - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Scores 1st-Round TKO at The Garden - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  11. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Drops Paz, Wins Easy Decision, Moves to 3-0 - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "Shakur Stevenson vs. Oscar Mendoza on Dec.9 » Boxing News". Boxing News 24. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Shakur Stevenson vs. Juan Tapia on February 16 in Reno". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Picks Apart Tapia, Easily Wins Decision". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Stevenson vs Gonzalez - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  16. ^ "Why Joet Gonzalez wants to beat up Shakur Stevenson, his sister's boyfriend". ESPN.com. October 24, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  17. ^ "Stevenson dominates Gonzalez to win vacant title". ESPN.com. October 27, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  18. ^ "Stevenson moving to 130, 'taking on all comers'". ESPN.com. July 9, 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  19. ^ "Stevenson vs Clary - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
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  23. ^ Woods, Michael (June 19, 2021). "Shakur Stevenson's win over Jeremiah Nakathila deserved criticism, proving styles sometimes don't make fights". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
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  25. ^ "MEET SHAKUR STEVENSON, AMERICA'S BEST MALE OLYMPIC FIGHTER IN MORE THAN A DECADE". Fightland. August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  26. ^ "Welcome Newark's young Olympic medalist back this Sunday with a homecoming parade at Military Park – Brick City Live".
  27. ^ "Welcome home, champ. N.J. Native captures boxing title and the heart of his city". December 9, 2019.
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  29. ^ "Shakur Stevenson Reaches Deal in Assault Case, Charges Dropped". BoxingScene.com. June 18, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2021.

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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
Won WBO title
Vacant
Title next held by
Eduardo Ramirez
Vacant
Title last held by
Joet Gonzalez
WBO-NABO featherweight champion
April 20 – October 26, 2019
Won world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Pedro Marquez Medina
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Óscar Valdez
WBO featherweight champion
October 26, 2019 – July 7, 2020
Vacant
Title next held by
Emanuel Navarrete
Vacant
Title last held by
Miguel Berchelt
WBO junior lightweight champion
Interim title

June 12, 2021 – present
Incumbent