Arum: Shakur Stevenson ‘A Mirror Image Of Floyd Mayweather’
At 22, Shakur Stevenson is already making an impact in the boxing world. The WBO Featherweight Champion, Stevenson (13-0) has slowly climbed up the latter thanks in part to Top Rank. Headlining major events in his home of New Jersey, “Sugar” has wowed many with his power.
One person who has been vouching for Stevenson since he debuted in 2017 is Bob Arum. Top Rank’s fearless leader has helped grow the status of a number of boxers in the past, from Terence Crawford to Marvin Hagler. One fighter who Arum has compared Stevenson to is someone who has worked with Top Rank, as well as a number of other promotions.
Undefeated at 50-0, Floyd Mayweather went from a young prospect to one of the best fighters in the world. Whether it was his power (27 KO) or his overall skills, Floyd knew how to command a room. That is what Arum sees in Stevenson.
“Floyd was an orthodox fighter, which means you’re a right-handed fighter,” Arum stated to Business Insider. “Shakur Stevenson is a southpaw, but he’s a mirror image of Floyd Mayweather. When I first marveled at Floyd’s ability, and I saw Shakur, [I thought], ‘My God, it’s like the mirror! The right hand and the left hand, it’s Floyd Mayweather!’
With seven wins via knockout already, the attack game of Stevenson has exceeded expectations. A silver medalist in the 2016 Olympics, Stevenson’s defense may not be on Mayweather’s level right now, but there is always room for growth. Looking to prove he truly is elite at such a young age, Stevenson has been facing heavy-hitters all over Top Rank’s system. Stevenson won the vacant WBO belt against Joet Gonzalez via unanimous decision back in October. He became the first male fighter from the 2016 Olympics to win a world title.
The Newark native is set to face Miguel Marriaga (26-3) inside Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater on March 14. With 22 wins via KO, Marriaga is another competitor that can give Stevenson a run for his money. With a win, the adulation and competition will grow. Slow and steady seems to be the way to go, and Arum sees these next few years as an important step in Stevenson’s young career.
“I think Shakur may even exceed Mayweather’s accomplishments because I think he is going to develop not only as this great defensive fighter, which he is, but will have a better offensive arsenal than Floyd had,” Arum went on to say. “There’s a tremendous upside to Shakur.”