Shakur Stevenson Returns

By Caryn A. Tate on May 4, 2017
Shakur Stevenson Returns
Stevenson will face Argentinean Carlos Suarez in a six-rounder. (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

Stevenson will return to the ring for his second professional fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 20…

2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (1-0, 0 KO) will return to the ring for his second professional fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 20, on the undercard of the anticipated Terence “Bud” Crawford vs. Felix Diaz world junior welterweight championship fight. Stevenson will face Carlos Suarez (6-3-2, 1 KO) from Argentina in a six-round featherweight bout. Crawford vs. Diaz will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing starting at 10:15pm ET/PT.

In preparation for this bout, Stevenson has been training in Colorado Springs with Crawford.

Stevenson is coming off of his pro debut on April 22 against Edgar Brito (3-3-1) in a featherweight bout, which Stevenson won via technical decision. After the beginning of the sixth and final round, the ringside doctor stopped the fight due to Brito having been cut from an earlier headbutt.

“It’s been a long time since I fought so close to home and I can’t wait to perform in front of my friends and family,” said Stevenson. “My city has always supported me and I know that Newark is going to come out on May 20. There have been so many huge fights at Madison Square Garden and I’m excited to fight in the Big Room where so many greats have fought before. It feels good to have my first pro fight under my belt.  My pro debut was great, I had two Olympic gold medalists walk me out and my hero Andre Ward ringside yelling instructions to me.  My opponent was tough and tried to make it dirty but I learned a lot and am going to put that knowledge to good use on May 20 in my first east coast professional fight.”

Andre Ward, two-division world champion and pound-for-pound top fighter who co-manages Stevenson, said, “I have to admit, I’m a little jealous. Shakur has the opportunity to fight at The Garden in his second fight, whereas I’ve fought over 30 times and have yet to have a fight on that sacred ground. Actually, I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be. The next generation going further than the older generation. I’m super excited for him, he shines the brightest on the biggest stage. There are not too many bigger stages than The Garden in boxing, and really all of sports.”

“My first fight there was exciting being that it was Madison Square Garden, but it was in The Theater. I didn’t get to fight in the Big Room in my first fight like Shakur,” said Crawford. “I’m excited to fight in the Big Room being that there hasn’t been a Top Rank show there since Miguel Cotto. I’m glad Shakur will be on the card with me.”

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