“It’s Crazy”- Shakur Stevenson Reacts to His Sparring Session With Terence Crawford

Published 04/21/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Terence Crawford defeats Felix Diaz by RTD in the 10th round during their Super Lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on May 20th, 2017 in New York City. Crawford in victory. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Shakur Stevenson recently visited Terence Crawford’s gym to watch the WBO welterweight champion spar. However, he ended up entering the ring in an intense session with ‘Bud’. Both the undefeated pugilists traded blows and seemingly hinted about their prowess to each other.

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In the aftermath of the event, both men shared mutual respect and shed light on their recent training session. While Stevenson will return to action in June against Jeremiah Nakathila, sparring with Terence Crawford might have added some more armors to his arsenal.

Following the training, ‘Fearless’ took to social media and posted a picture alongside the 147 lbs elite, Terence Crawford. The duo was still in their boxing gear and both men looked worn out after a hard boxing session. Crawford also posted the same picture from his official social media handle.

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In the caption, Shakur Stevenson wrote, “Walked in da gym fresh off my flight to watch Bud spar and I end up sparring him.. This man one of da Greatest fighters I ever seen he did so many rounds it’s crazy and on God this sparring was Fireworks it was high skill level chess I’m gone be one of da Greatest I put that on everything I love.”

37-0 as a professional, Crawford defended his title against Kell Brook with a sensational knockout win in November 2020. While he is yet to receive his next opponent, ‘Bud’ remains active at the gym and has been sparring elite-level fighters. But Shakur Stevenson has a contest knocking at the doors, and he will have to remain determined whilst defending his undefeated record.

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‘Lowkey’ Jeremiah Nakathila is one of the best boxers to emerge from Namibia and currently boasts a pro record of 19-1. Bringing in all the experience with himself, he can be a legitimate threat to Stevenson’s unbeaten run.

Meanwhile, Shakur Stevenson has already been a world champion in the featherweight unit. He seems even more evolved at 135 lbs. As he continues to aim for the bigger names, a win against Nakathila can be his ticket to that. So, he will have to deal with Nakathila’s prowess and experience to retain the clean stat.

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Could his sparring and interaction with Crawford given him that extra push for his June bout?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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