Stevenson Signs With Andre Ward, James Price
Shakur Stevenson has amassed more attention that any other American amateur in recent years: the Olympic silver medalist was courted by Floyd Mayweather in Rio over the summer, leading many to believe that he had a professional future with Mayweather Promotions.
While Stevenson may end up with "The Money Team", he recently signed a new managerial contract with James Price, attorney Josh Dublin and light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward, according to Ring TV.
Stevenson already has an established relationship with Ward, who is signed by Roc Nation. However, the announcement by the managerial team was clear that Stevenson has night signed with a promoter yet for his 2017 professional debut.
“I know I have a great team behind me with J. Prince as the head of it, working with Josh Dubin and Andre Ward,” Stevenson said in a prepared statement. “I know that these guys can get me where I want to be and I feel very comfortable with them behind me. I’m so focused and I promise to put 110 percent into making sure we become great as a team and I plan on becoming one of the best boxers on the planet — which is my main goal. Now, it’s on me to prove to the world that I can be just as great as the legends before me and trust me, I’m up to the task!"
James Price is a Houston rap mogul that once guided Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he often teams up with established boxing lawyer Josh Dublin. Ward, a gold medalist in the 2004 Olympics, undoubtedly sees similarities between himself and Stevenson. The 19-year-old is the most promising American boxing prospect since Ward began his career.
“It is an honor and a privilege to represent this young man,” Prince said in a statement. “Andre, Josh and I know we have the next superstar in the sport. Shakur is not only a gifted fighter, but someone that has the ability to be an icon. Our first goal is to sign him with the right promoter. Then, we will be with him every step of the journey toward greatness.”