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Shakur ‘Sugar’ Stevenson Talks Gervonta Davis Super Fight, More

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By ptully23 January 20, 2021 2 Comment
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Our boys from Belfast returned from their well-earned Christmas break to release an interview with the hotly tipped future pound-for-pound star, Shakur Stevenson. 

Here’s what you can look forward to throughout the interview.

THE EARLY YEARS

The 23-year-old Stevenson had his first competitive amateur bout at just 12 years old in 2011. Three years later, he won gold as a Flyweight in the Youth World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Later that same year, Stevenson won a gold medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Later in 2016, Shakur won an Olympic silver medal in Rio after losing a split decision against the vastly more experienced Cuban, Robeisy Ramirez. At the time, Stevenson had just 63 amateur bouts and was 19 years old. Ramirez, meanwhile, had 121 amateur contests and was four years older.

THE TRANSITION

By February of the following year, Stevenson had formally decided to make that Olympic final his last amateur bout.

He signed a professional contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotional company. International Boxing Hall of Famer Andre Ward was to become Stevenson’s manager. This seemed to sprinkle a little more stardust on the prodigiously talented youngster. Stevenson made his professional debut in April 2017, when even some intentional headbutting from Edgar Brito didn’t seem to faze the supremely confident debutant.

Stevenson really announced his intentions when he won the vacant WBO World Featherweight title in October 2019. Then, he toppled the previously undefeated Californian Joet Gonzalez with a unanimous points win after 12 rounds. Stevenson has since moved up to Super Featherweight for his latest two victories. He feels he can challenge the current champions in the division. Making that point clear, Stevenson has put Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Miguel Berchelt, Joseph Diaz, and Jamel Herring on notice.

THEN AND NOW

Stevenson explains how he has his grandfather to thank for getting him into boxing at the tender age of five. We also learn that he owes his name to his mother’s adoration of a legendary hip-hop artist and how growing up in the “trenches” of Newark, New Jersey, as the eldest of nine children was no easy street. Our hosts Colm, Ciaran, and Ryan quiz Shakur on how he rated his Olympic experience in Brazil and how it changed his life thereafter.

Stevenson explains his thinking behind his decision to turn professional with Top Rank over offers from other promotional companies. Next up, Stevenson breaks down the key differences between the amateur and professional game and how he had to adapt his style accordingly.

THE BULL AND THE MATADOR

Stevenson responds to comparisons between himself and other evasive past-masters of the ring. Is he the next Floyd Mayweather or Pernell Whitaker? Ultimately, boxing is the art of hitting without getting hit, and Stevenson shows defensive skills in abundance. Interestingly, Stevenson questions whether modern-day audiences have the patience to truly appreciate elusory ring craft.

Stevenson discusses that breakthrough fight against Gonzalez, who looked like he would struggle to hit Shakur with a bag of rice, never mind a gloved fist. The discussion moves on to sparring Vasyl Lomachenko and who Shakur favors to win February’s contest between Belfast’s Carl Frampton and New Yorker Jamel Herring.

Perhaps Stevenson feels he should be the man taking on Herring for his WBO World Super Feather Title. The boys naturally ask Stevenson if he would be willing to fight Frampton in Belfast, should he prove victorious over Herring.

THE NEXT BATTLE

Stevenson then moves on to talk about the mouth-watering prospect of a future super fight between himself and Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Matchmakers say that styles make fights, and a scrap against Davis would seem to sell itself.

In addition, the boys ask Stevenson who he feels is the current pound-for-pound best fighter in the world today and how his friendship with rap superstar Drake came about.

The show closes out with our Brawl boys trying to do a bit of matchmaking themselves, encouraging their guest to take on Belfast’s undefeated featherweight Mick Conlan (14-0-0) in a Call of Duty match. As ever, Stevenson is supremely confident that he would win that battle also.

Our next guest will be WBA International Welterweight Champion Josh Kelly ahead of his big fight with David Avanesyan on Feb. 20. Stay tuned as Brawl Boxing Podcast continues to bring you the top stars from both sides of the pond.

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Boxing writer for The Brawl Network based in Belfast, N. Ireland.

2 Comments

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Ann Tully

January 24, 2021

Great review on Shakur Stevenson successful boxing life so far Fight between Frampton/Conlan would attract great interest and would be a big pay per view event.

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John Hughes

January 22, 2021

Nice article. Frampton Vs Conlan match up in the pipeline maybe? Would be interesting.

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