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Its official, young teen boxer Shakur Stevenson has made it official and signed with Andre Ward to take off his career. No details have been released about the amount of money he has signed for but we wish the young Newark boxing star nothing but the best.
Stevenson will be represented by the team of J. Prince, Josh Dubin and Andre Ward. The latter, of course, is the undefeated boxer that Stevenson grew up idolizing Ward when he was learning the sport in his grandfather's gym.
"It is an honor and a privilege to represent this young man. Andre, Josh and I know we have the next superstar in the sport," Prince said in a statement first obtained by NJ Advance Media. "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."
Stevenson won silver in bantamweight division in Rio after entering the Olympics with a perfect 23-0 international record. He is the first American male to win junior and youth world titles, as well as a Youth Olympic Games gold medal.
The oldest of nine siblings, Stevenson learned the sport under the guidance of his grandfather Wali Moses in Newark. The city held a victory celebration and parade for Stevenson when he returned home from Rio, where he lost in the gold medal bout to Cuban fighter Robeisy Ramirez.
"I want to give a big thank you to my grandfather - big time - for getting me where I want to be as far as boxing and becoming the boxer I am today," Stevenson said in the statement.
"I know I have a great team behind me with J. Prince as the head of it, working with Josh Dubin and Andre Ward. 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!"
Stevenson had said he planned to have his first professional fight in early 2017, but the details are still not set.
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