Shakur Stevenson acknowledged the increasing number of people attending his fights and attributed it to his own popularity, stating that he is a draw for the crowds.
Stevenson is set to make his debut in the lightweight division when he takes on Shuichiro Yoshino on April 8th, 2023.
And as part of that process, Stevenson knows that there will be pressure on him to win in style, because of the caliber of opposition in the division with Gervonta Davis, especially known for drawing in the crowds with his knockout power.
Stevenson’s last fight against Robson Conceicao was witnessed by a crowd of 8,199 people who had purchased tickets for the event. Meanwhile, the gate via ticket sales generated over $800,000.
In the fight prior to this against Oscar Valdez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, over 10,000 people had approximately attended, with a gate of around $1.6 million via ticket sales.
This just goes on to show the growing attraction that Stevenson is becoming amongst the boxing purists, as his emphasis on the ‘sweet science’ draws in the bigger crowds.
And after having professed in wanting either the winner of Davis vs. Ryan Garcia or Devin Haney vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko next, Shakur is looking to become the face of boxing.
And that is something he is wearing as a badge of honor.
“You can’t believe everything you hear. A lotta people say a bunch of things, like I’m not a ticket-seller or I won’t do this or that. I mean, it’s clear and obvious that people rock with me.
“People try to say that my fight with [Oscar] Valdez, the crowd that we had, the great turnout, that it was just Valdez. But Valdez never did those numbers with nobody else. Clearly, I’m an attraction. People, they just need to understand that I’m gonna be going up for years,” Stevenson.