Everything you need to know about one of boxing's biggest young stars, Shakur Stevenson.
|June 28, 1997
|Newark, New Jersey
|21-0 (10 KOs)
Regarded as a major prospect from a young age, Shakur Stevenson had an impressive amateur career before turning professional.
The American won the 2014 AIBA Youth World Championships and the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics before qualifying for the Olympic squad by winning the Senior U.S. Olympic Trials.
In Rio, Stevenson would reach the gold medal match before losing to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez in that bout, meaning he earned a silver medal.
He was the highest-medaling male boxer for his country at the games, setting himself up for an esteemed professional career.
Shakur Stevenson signed with Top Rank on February 9, 2017, turning professional.
Sugar made his debut against Edgar Brito at the Stubhub Center, California on April 22, 2017, winning after the physician stopped the bout following a number of intentional headbutts from Brito.
Stevenson picked up three more wins in 2017, getting the better of Carlos Gaston Suarez, David Michel Paz and Oscar Mendoza respectively.
The Olympian remained busy in 2018, winning five fights as he continued to rise through the ranks, beating Juan Tapia, Roxberg Patrick Riley, Aelio Mesquita, Carlos Ruiz and Viorel Simon respectively.
Stevenson’s star continued to rise and he eventually earned his first title fight, beating Jessie Cris Rosales by way of knockout in January 2019 to take the IBF Inter-Continental and WBC Continental Americas featherweight titles.
He followed that up in April of that year with a unanimous decision victory over Christopher Diaz at Madison Square Garden to take the vacant WBO-NABO featherweight title.
Stevenson defended those titles against Alberto Guevara in July, recording a third-round knockout.
After racking up a record of 12 wins and no defeats, Stevenson was given a WBO title fight, taking on Joet Gonzalez at the Sparks Convention Center in Reno in October 2019.
The men had a long-running feud before the fight, with Gonzalez the number two ranked featherweight.
Despite that, Stevenson comfortably got the better of his opponent, securing a unanimous decision victory.
Stevenson moved to super featherweight after his win over Gonzalez, getting the better of Felix Caraballo and Toka Khan Clary before winning the WBO interim super featherweight title against Jeremiah Nakathila in 2021.
A fight against Jamel Herring for the WBO super featherweight title came after that thanks to Sugar impressing at the level, and he secured a 10th-round knockout to lift a world title in his second weight class.
After his win over Jamel Herring, negotiations began for a unification bout with WBC champion Oscar Valdez.
The fight was confirmed for April 30, 2022 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Stevenson dominated the fight throughout, knocking Valdez down in the sixth round.
The 26-year-old won by unanimous decision, with scores of 117–110, 118–109 and 118–110.
In the process, Stevenson unified the WBC and vacant The Ring super featherweight titles with his WBO super featherweight belt, cementing himself as one of the most impressive young stars in boxing.
However in his first defence against Robson Conceicao, Stevenson missed weight and was stripped of his WBC and WBO titles as a consequence.
Sugar did win the bout by unanimous decision with two judges scoring the bout 117-109 and the other 118-108.
Stevenson moved to lightweight to fight Shuichiro Yoshino on January 11, 2023 with a number of lightweight contenders choosing not to accept the fight.
Sugar won by a sixth-round knockout before taking on Edwin De Los Santos on November 16.
The rising star recorded a unanimous victory in an uneventful bout, with Stevenson failing to put in a similar level of performance to that which he previously had.
Shakur Stevenson is believed to have a net worth in the region of $3 to $7 million.
Kay Koroma and Wali Moses are Shakur Stevenson’s trainers. Koroma was his Olympic trainer and Moses is his grandfather.
Shakur Steveson does not currently have a fight scheduled after his victory over Edwin De Los Santos.
Won 2014 AIBA Youth World Championships
Won 2014 Summer Youth Olympics
Won silver at 2016 Summer Olympics
WBO featherweight champion
WBO/WBC/The Ring super featherweight champion
WBC lightweight champion