Weight class: Bantamweight/123 lbs
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Lives in: Burke, Va.
Birthdate: June 28, 1997
Coach: Willie Moses and Kay Koroma
Began boxing: Started boxing at age 5 because I love performing
Biggest inspiration: Floyd Mayweather because he came from a modest background and has grown into a very successful man and Andre Ward because he hasn’t lost since he was 14.
Shakur is motivated the most by: Listening to motivational music
Favorite boxers: Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward
Biggest goal in boxing: To become a successful champion
Biggest goal outside of boxing: To help my family
Greatest asset in the ring: Confidence and my jab
2015 JUNIOR AND YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPION
2014 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES GOLD MEDALIST
2014 YOUTH WORLD CHAMPION
2014 JUNIOR AND YOUTH OPEN CHAMPION
2013 AIBA JUNIOR MALE BOXER OF THE YEAR
2013 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPION
2013 VICTORY DAY CHAMPION
2013 JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPION
2013 JUNIOR WORLD TEAM OPEN CHAMPION
Teenage sensation Shakur Stevenson was only seven years old the last time a U.S. male boxer won Olympic gold, but he may be just the person to end the drought. The 214 Youth Olympic gold medalist first entered a boxing gym at the age of five with his surrogate grandfather/trainer and he has grown in to one of USA Boxing’s top medal hopefuls for 2016.
He hasn’t always been the confident champion he is now, but a loss at the 2012 Junior Olympic National Champion motivated the then 14-year-old to avoid the sting of defeat in the future. Stevenson’s been on a tear ever since, particularly at the international level. He boasts a perfect 17-0 international record, winning solely unanimous decisions at the biggest events a youth boxer can compete in. Boxing’s international federation AIBA recognized his 2013 efforts with the Junior Male Boxer of the Year award, making him the first U.S. boxer ever to receive the honor.
Known for his happy demeanor and playful personality, Stevenson truly loves boxing and it’s evident every time he steps competes or trains. Despite being a fierce competitor, his signature dimples and bright smile rarely leave his face, even in the ring.
With an unprecedented international run under his belt, he is now preparing for his run at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team and will start the journey at an upcoming Olympic Trials qualifier in June. Yet anyone who knows the teenager’s drive and phenomenal skillset has no date that he will earn a berth on the podium in Rio de Janeiro.
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