Shakur Stevenson will battle for gold in the 2016 Olympic boxing competition on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All eyes will be on the American boxer, but his Cuban opponent Robeisy Ramirez is no pushover.
Stevenson, who is 25-0 in his amateur boxing career, will look to finish his Cinderella run in Rio with a win against Ramirez in their bout scheduled at 1:15 p.m. ET. Before Stevenson plunges into action, here are some facts about the bantamweight boxing contender.
First Boxing Gold Or Silver For USA Since Andre Ward
Stevenson could end the gold medal drought for USA in Olympic boxing competition. He could be the first gold or silver medalist since Andre Ward took home the title in the 2004 Athens Olympics, the New York Post reported.
It seems all pieces are falling into its place for the American gold medal contender. He earned a free ticket to the men’s bantamweight final after his semis opponent Vladimir Nikitin failed to recover from an injury.
What’s In A Name?
Shakur Stevenson’s name is not yet a household name but it sounds familiar. For fans who are wondering if he was named after a popular rapper, yes, that notion is true.
According to Yahoo Sports, Stevenson was named after Tupac Shakur. The 19-year-old was born on June 28, 1997 –just nine months after Shakur was killed in Las Vegas.
Shakur Stevenson Turning Pro Under Floyd Mayweather?
Stevenson’s performance in the 2016 Rio Olympics did not go unnoticed. Even the best boxer of this generation, Floyd Mayweather, had nothing but praises for the Newark native.
In fact, Mayweather has already announced that he has reached an agreement to manage Stevenson under his own promotional company, NJ.com reported. The retired boxing superstar said that Stevenson has a bright future ahead of him in the professional ranks.
“The first time I’ve ever seen him box I saw him at the Mayweather Boxing Club,” Mayweather said. “We thought he was a pro because he was boxing another up and coming fighter and he was looking unbelievable.”