“They So Competitive Too “- Shakur Stevenson Reveals How Family Turned Him Into a Better Boxer

Published 06/09/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Shakur Stevenson celebrates his TKO win against Oscar Mendoza in their Featherweight bout at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


In just over four years as a pro, the 23-year-old Shakur Stevenson is already a world titlist and has moved up to conquer another weight class. As ‘Fearless’ says, a lot of it has to be credited to his family.

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Stevenson has had a tough childhood, dealing with several troubles on his rise to the top. However, he never appeared to lose hope and rightly remained the top-tier prospect in the sport. As he aims to conquer the WBO 130 lbs Interim strap this week, Shakur Stevenson has revealed the importance of his family in his career.

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“It was hard coming up in a house with my little brothers and sisters. They so competitive too. So it’s like they kind of made me into a tougher person too. Like I will come home from fights and if I lose, I won’t like hear the last of it. I think that it kind of turned me into a better boxer and a better person at the end of the day,” said the former featherweight champion.

As of now, Shakur Stevenson, who has a record of 15-0, will face an experienced boxer in Jeremiah Nakathila. On bagging a win, ‘Fearless’ would be the mandatory challenger to WBO 130 lbs world title. So, the upcoming fight might be the biggest one of Stevenson’s career now. Meanwhile, it would also be an important fight for Nakathila, which intensifies the situation further.

Can Shakur Stevenson become a 2 division world champion?

Following a successful run in the featherweight division, many fans appear optimistic about the American boxer’s run at the super featherweight. However, there is plenty of competition left for Shakur Stevenson. Both the rosters- 126 lbs and 130 lbs, have umpteen elites, who would constantly challenge Stevenson’s dominance.

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However, the young boxer has what it takes to be at the top of the list. He has showcased sheer dominance, activity, and prowess in his past performances. As he has time on his side, we can see Shakur Stevenson attain great heights in his career ahead. It might not be an undemanding task, but Stevenson has all the features to outwork his contemporaries.

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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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