Shakur Stevenson graces BoxNation screens again on Friday 18th January, facing Filipino Jessie Cris Rosales in a 10-rounder for the IBF Intercontinental and WBC Continental Americas Featherweight belts.
He is tipped to become one of boxing’s biggest superstars of the next decade.
Get to know Stevenson before he becomes a household name with our fact file.
- Height: 5ft 8in
- Weight: 126 lbs
- Date of Birth: 28th June 1997
- Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey
- Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
- Pro Record: 9-0 (5 KOs)
- World Ranking: No 11 IBF
1) Shakur is the oldest of nine siblings, ranging from twenty-one to seven.
2) He was introduced to boxing at the age of five by his grandfather Wali Moses, who ran a boxing gym in his home city, Newark.
3) Although Stevenson won his first amateur bout at the age of eight he admits to losing a lot of his early contests.
4) His only loss in 26 international amateur bouts came in the 2016 Olympic Bantamweight final against Cuban Robeisy Ramirez.
5) His grandfather jokes that he knew Shakur was awake as a kid because he'd hear sounds of him shadow boxing.
6) Wali, who he calls Pop-Pop, trains him along with Kay Koroma, assistant coach for US team 2016 and 2020 Olympics.
7) He is named after Tupac Shakur. He was born nine months after the rapper was killed. His mum Malikah Stevenson considered the rapper her poet.
8) The Olympic silver medallist is the first American male to win junior and youth World Titles and a youth Olympic Games gold medal.
9) Blazing prospect Stevenson is managed by Andre Ward, James Prince and Antonio Leonard. Ward was a mentor in his amateur days.
10) His boxing success inspired his father, Shahid Guyton to go back to school, graduate and get his degree at a community college.
11) Floyd Mayweather Jr calls him 'The Next Floyd Mayweather'. Stevenson says: “I wouldn’t call myself ‘The Next Floyd Mayweather.’ I’d call myself ‘The First Shakur Stevenson'.”
12) He dreams of facing Vasyl Lomachenko. He said: “Every fight he’s in, he dominates. He doesn’t lose rounds. I want to be something like that. That would be my dream fight. I got to prove myself first.”