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Lake George, NY – Billy C’s “Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show” has
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Updates From Europe

Updates From Europe

By: Joel Arkin – April 14, 2017


EC Promotions, based out of Germany, will be putting on a boxing card, Friday, May 19th at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg Germany. A feature fight that night will be prospect, Mario Daser, taking a huge step up in competition, when he faces the un-retiring Ola Afolabi. Afolabi retired after losing to Marco Huck by 10th round TKO in February of 2016. However, boxing is a sport where retired fighters, get the itch to return, and find themselves back in the ring even after taking a lot of punishment and being past their prime. While Daser hasn’t fought top level competition. Ola will be a question mark. Can Daser exploit Afolabi’s weaknesses and win? It’s not something out of the question. However, Ola is a road warrior, and fighting in enemy territory is something he is known for. If this is a close fight, don’t be surprised if the judges give it to the prospect as he’s the hometown guy. On the same card, Christian Hammer returns to the ring. He is on a four-fight win streak, since being stopped by Tyson Fury. His last two wins being his most impressive, winning a split over Erkan Teper in October 2016 and then defeating David Price by TKO in round 7 back in February of this year. Karo Murat, known for losing his title to Bernard Hopkins some years back, will also be on the card.

There was supposed to be a purse bid between EBU light heavyweight champion, Robert Stieglitz and Erik Skoglund, however at the last minute, Skoglund bailed on the purse bid. Now Stieglitz will have to wait a few days until the EBU formally announces a new mandatory for Robert. Skoglund is looking in a different direction, as he is hoping to lock up a fight with secondary light heavyweight title holder, Nathan Cleverly. Cleverly owes a rematch to Juergen Braehmer. He defeated Braehmer by TKO last year when Juergen broke his hand and retired after the sixth round. Cleverly was given permission to take a fight before facing Braehmer in his owed rematch.

A card in France On May 6th will feature a trio of regional European title bouts. Christopher Rebrasse, who has faced some of the best European talent, will face Serhiy Demchenko, an Italian based Ukrainian for the EBU-EU super middleweight strap. Also, Hakim Zoulikha will face TBA. Also, Marvin Petit with face Jerobe Santana at lightweight.

The co-feature for the Abraham vs. Krasniqi card has been announced. Heavyweight Tom Schwarz, who is undefeated at 18-0, will battle Adnan Redzovic. While Redzovic is 17-1, most of his wins have come against subpar competition. His lone loss was by TKO against Arnold Gjergjaj back in October of 2014. The vacant WBO Intercontinental title will be on the line in this one.

My two cents for the week: While I am fascinated by Abraham vs. Krasniqi fight. I feel the loser will need to seriously reevaluate their career. Both fighters have had their fair share of chances and continue to get eliminator and mandatory positions, but after a while, you will need to know when it is time to hang it up. Arthur just turned 37 and has been pro since 2003. He has done a lot in his career, but a loss here, he may need to think about his future and maybe that it doesn’t involve him being in the ring when he shouldn’t be. Krasniqi who is only 30, has lost in all his major title challenges. I think this will be a close bout, where both guys stun each other. I am just hoping fans will be treated to a fun fight.

Christopher Brooker vs. Oscar Riojas in featured bout May 12th

Christopher Brooker vs. Oscar Riojas in featured bout May 12th

Jerome Conquest in co-feature bout
Philadelphia, PA.  – Battle tested super middleweight Christopher Brooker will take on veteran Oscar Riojas in the eight-round featured bout on Friday night, May 12th at The SugarHouse Casino.

Brooker of Philadelphia has a record of 11-3 with five knockouts. The 25 year-old is known for taking on anyone at anytime. The combined record of his last seven foes is a staggering 92-9-3, with Brooker winning five of those bouts, and Brooker has appeared on national television three times.

Brooker is a two-year professional, who already has wins over Leo Hall (8-0), John Magda (11-0), Antowyan Aikens (10-1-1), Gabriel Pham (6-0) & former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (28-7-1).  Brooker has dropped his last two bouts to Ronald Gavril (16-1) in a bout that Brooker was even on the scorecards before being stopped in the final round.  On January 20th, Brooker dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to undefeated Ronald Ellis (13-0-1) in Atlantic City.  That fight was shown live on ShoBox: The New generation.

Riojas of Monterrey, Mexico has a record of 14-7-1 with four knockouts. The 33 year-old Riojas in a four year professional, who won his first 11 bouts.  Like Brooker, Riojas has not shied from tough competition as the combined record of Riojas opponents that have defeated him are 81-1-2.

Riojas and Brooker have two common foes as Riojas has dropped fights to Gavril and Ellis. Riojas is coming off a eight-round unanimous decision over Roberto Nafate on April 6 in Leon, Mexico.

In the six-round co-feature, lightweight Jerome Conquest (6-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will compete against an opponent to be named.

Also in six-round bouts:

Blake Mansfield (5-0-1, 2 KO’s) of Burlington, NC will fight Henry Beckford (4-6, 1 KO) of Coram, NY in a super middleweight bout.

Steven Ortiz (5-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on an opponent to be named in a lightweight bout.

In four-round bouts:

Sam Orapeza (1-0) of Philadelphia battles Kyle McNutt (1-2, 1 KO) of Battle Creek, MI in a cruiserweight affair.

Jeffrey Torres (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will fight Kashon Hutchinson (2-2, 1 KO) in a battle of Keystone State based lightweights.

Lamont McLaughlin (0-1) of Pennsauken, NJ will look for his first win against an opponent to be named in a light heavyweight fight.

Harold Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) of Bethlehem, PA will square off with Tyrone Arzeno (0-1) of Philadelphia in a bantamweight bout.

Late Results From The Weekend

Late Results From The Weekend

By: Joel Arkin – April 12, 2017


Saturday night, Grant Brothers Boxing and Rixa Promotions gave us a show from the Tohu in Montreal.  The audience was treated to a 10 fight card, featuring some of the best local talent from the province of Quebec. In the main event Roody Pierre-Paul beat Noel Majia Rincon but decision in a tough fight, Roody improved to 14-3-1 while Noel fell to 20-12-1. Other notable winners that night was Erik Bazinyan, who is a prospect on the rise, defeating Alis Sijaric in the 4th round. Erik improves to 15-0, while Sijaric falls to 13-3. Dario Bredicean, who was discovered by Lucian Bute, defeated his opponent early in the second round, improving to 13-0. He is only 23, the sky is the limit for this Montreal based, born in Florida prospect. There was only one upset, Mexican, Jose Garcia knocked down Dwayne Durel early in the fight, and could keep the momentum going, to win a split decision, improving to 6-3 while Dwayne Durel takes his first loss and falls to 6-1. Olympic prospect Christian M’Bili also saw action, stopping his opponent in the third to improve to 3-0. Two other locals saw their debut, Jean Michel Bolivar and Mohamed Soumaoro, were able to get their first professional victory, both winning by TKO.

The fight between past his prime veteran, Shane Mosley and Russian prospect, Magomed Kurbanov, which was slated for May 5 in Yekaterinburg Russia, was postponed to September 9th due to an injury to Mosley. RCC Promotions owner Alexey Titov has been notorious for doing shady business tactics with MMA, which he also promotes and usually runs events that feature both boxing and MMA. It is sad to think that at 45, this promoter would want to use Mosley as a stepping stone name to push his young prospect to bigger heights. The other frightening thing is, Russia doesn’t drug test, so their fighters could be anything potentially. I don’t think this will have a good result for Shane sadly. Shane is 3-5-1 dating back to 2010. Kurbanov is undefeated at 10-0. He will still be fighting May 5th, but now against, Virgilijus Stapulinois, who is 27-4-1, to get himself ready for the Mosley fight.

It was made official yesterday that the Abraham Krasniqi fight from Germany, will be available on satellite and cable PPV on April 22, at 2pm. This is a WBO super middleweight title eliminator, with the winner getting a shot at Gilberto Ramirez, who Arthur Abraham lost the belt too, a year ago, last April when he was virtually shut out and provided very little offense. Krasniqi fought for a world title twice at light heavyweight. Losing both times to Nathan Cleverly by decision and then getting stopped by Jurgen Braehmer. Since the drop to 168lbs, he has won 3 straight to get himself this title eliminator. Abraham has won one fight since losing his title, defeating Tim Robin-Lihaug by 8th round stoppage last July. The loser here certainly will have his career in trouble as they both have had more than a few chances at the top spot. It will be promoted by SES boxing, who won the purse bid and promotes Krasniqi. They will have a full undercard of the best German fighters in that stable.

Robin Krasniqi vs. “King” Arthur Abraham For WBO super middleweight title eliminator April 22

Robin Krasniqi vs. “King” Arthur Abraham For WBO super middleweight title eliminator April 22
TENAFLY, N.J.  – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Middleweight title eliminator, featuring two-time world title challenger Robin Krasniqi taking on the three-time, two-division world champion “King” Artur Abraham, will be available to watch April 22 on pay per view in North America, starting at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. a.m. PT, live from Congress Center in Ekfurt, Germany.  The two fighters have a combined record or 91-9 with 47 knockouts.

“Krasniqi vs. Abraham”, promoted by SES Promotions, is a presentation of Integrated Sports Media and FITE.

Born in Kosovo, the 29-year-old Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) is a former European and WBO International Light Heavyweight Champion, who resides in Munich, Germany and packs a thunderous punch. Three fights ago, he moved down in weight from Light Heavyweight to Super Middleweight, winning all three bouts at the new weight class and looking highly impressive.

In 2013, Krasniqi lost his first world title shot by way of a 12-round unanimous decision to defending WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0), in London, by way of a hard-fought 12-round decision.

Following his first career defeat, Krasniqi went on to capture the WBO International Light Heavyweight Title with a seventh-round knockout of previously undefeated Emmanuel Danso (20-0), and has since defended that belt.  Krasniqi won the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental Light Heavyweight Title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Oleksandr Cherviak (14-3-1).

In 2014, Krasniqi successfully defended those two championships, taking a 12-round unanimous decision from Dariusz Sek (21-1-1), which set up his second world title shot, March 21, 2015 in Germany, against long-time defending WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Juergan Braehmer (45-2) in a massive all-German world title showdown.  Krasniqi was unable to answer the bell for the 10th round but learned that he should drop a weight class.  Since moving down to Super Middleweight, Krasniqi has looked impressive but Abraham will surely be the biggest test of his career.

Rated No. 2 by the WBO, Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) has positioned himself for another world title shot as the winner of his Apr. 22nd eliminator with Krasniqi will become the mandatory challenger for reigning WBO Super Middleweight World Champion Gilberto Ramirez, of Mexico. Abraham lost his WBO crown by way a 12-round unanimous decision to Ramirez in Las Vegas in 2016 but must win against Krasniqi to have an opportunity at regaining his title.

The 37-year-old Abraham, a native of Armenia who lives in Berlin, Germany, is a two-time WBO (World Boxing Organization) Super Middleweight Champion, as well as the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Middleweight World Champion. The knockout artist has a remarkable 18-4 (9 KOs) record in world championship bouts and is 7-4 (4 KOs) against former or current world champions.  Noted victims during his 16-½ year professional career reads like a Who’s Who of Boxing in the 160 and 168-pound divisions, including world champions Raul Marquez, Hector Javier Velazco, Jermain Taylor, Robert Stieglitz thrice, and Giovanni De Carolis. Abraham has also defeated world-class opponents such as Martin Murray, Paul Smith twice, Lajuan Simon, Edison Miranda twice. Khoren Gevor, Sebastian Demers, Kofi Jantuah, Kingsley Ikeke and Howard Eastman.

Four of Abraham’s five career losses have been to world champions Carl Froch, Andre Ward, Robert Stieglitz and Gilberto Ramirez. Stieglitz is the only opponent to stop Abraham, who has won nine of his last 10 fights, the most recent an eighth-round technical knockout of Tim Robin Lihaug (15-1) this past July in Germany for the vacant WBO International Super Middleweight Title.


Now that sanction has officially been granted, the next fight for red-hot undefeated super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez will be an eliminator for the #2 mandatory challenger spot in the WBC’s world rankings against highly regarded contender Rogelio “Porky” Medina, of Sonora, Mexico.

WBC #1-rated Callum Smith and WBC #2-rated Anthony Dirrell will fight for the vacant 168 WBC Championship (tentatively scheduled for May), the winner of that fight must then face undefeated WBC #3 contender, Avni Yildirim, from Turkey. The champion at the end of those two fights will be mandated to face the winner of the Benavidez vs. Medina eliminator.

For Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs), who served as chief sparring partner for middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s recent preparations to face Danny Jacobs, news of the fight with Medina is a welcome development.

“This is the biggest opportunity of my life and I’m not going to let it go to waste,” said Benavidez. “I’m going to destroy this guy like I do everybody else. I have never trained this hard for a fight and I feel that, come fight time, I’ll be extremely strong and do it up.”

Considered a boxing prodigy by many, the 20-year-old Benavidez, who turned professional at age 16, is the brother of former interim WBA World Super Lightweight Jose Benavidez, and has been trained since age two by his father Jose Benavidez Sr.

Date and site for the fight are being negotiated.

Undefeated former Canadian Olympian, Custio Clayton added to April 15th Liveco Boxing event

Hometown champion Tony Luis battles Noe Nunez in the main event
Thousand Palms, California  – Undefeated welterweight prospect Custio Clayton has been added to a tremendous night of boxing on Saturday, April 15th at the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ontario, when he takes on Alfredo Chavez in the eight-round co-feature bout.

The event, which is promoted by Liveco Boxing, will feature Cornwall’s own Tony Luis battling Noe Nunez in a 10-round lightweight clash.

Clayton of Montreal, Quebec, was a 2012 Canadian Olympian, and has raced out to an umblemished mark of 10-0 with eight knockouts.

Clayton has faced ambitious competition in his first 10 bouts, which has inlcuded wins over the likes of Eduards Gerasimovs (5-1-1), Ivan Pereyra (20-5), Stanislas Salmon (25-3-2), and in his last bout, Clayton stopped Ramses Agaton (17-4-3) in eight rounds on October 20th in Montreal.

Chavez of Mexico has a record of 12-8 with 10 knockouts.  The dangerous Chavez has some quality wins on his resume as he holds victories over Johnny Navarrete (10-0-1), Manolis Plaitis (15-0-1), Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (40-7-1), and Alejandro Chavez (5-1).  The 31 year-old Chavez is looking to get back in the win column after dropping two straight to undefeated fighters.  In his last bout, Chavez was stopped by Jamie Munguia on October 22nd in Tijuana, Mexico.

In a highly-anticipated undercard bout, Akwesasne native son, Ronnie “Rocket” Robidoux (2-0, 2 KOs) looks to keep his perfect professional record intact, facing the rugged Jesus Ortega of Mexico over 4-rounds. Robidoux, who trains in Cornwall under the tutelage of Jorge Luis, looks to add another knockout win to the record after a stunning knockout victory over Donnis Reed in California last month.

Ireland’s “Lethal” Larry Fryers (2-0, 1 KO), now residing in upstate New York, is set to clash against Mexico’s Michel Polina in a 4-round Welterweight bout. Fryers, who seeks to build on last month’s punishing knockout of Rolando Padilla, is one of the most exciting young prospects in boxing. His relentless aggression and fighting style will surely not disappoint.

More undercard bouts will be announced shortly.


LOS ANGELES  — Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) world champions ÓSCAR VALDEZ, GILBERTO “Zurdo” RAMÍREZ  and JESSIE MAGDALENO will headline an exciting world championship event in separate title defenses, Saturday, April 22, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Produced and distributed live by Top Rank Pay-Per-View, the telecast will also feature the pro debut of U.S. Olympic silver medalist SHAKUR STEVENSON, in a six-round featherweight bout.  The live pay-per-view telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank’s digital distribution via and mobile devices.

Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), from Nogales, México, will be making the second defense of his WBO featherweight title against No. 1 contender and NABO champion Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs), from Arjona, Colombia; Ramírez (34-0, 24 KOs), from Mazatlán, México, will be making his first defense of the WBO super middleweight title against Top-10 contender Max “Tiger” Bursak (33-4-1, 15 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine; Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev., will be making the first defense of his WBO junior featherweight title against WBO Latino champion Adeilson “Dell” Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KOs), of São Paulo, Brasil, and Stevenson, the crown jewel of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team and the pride of Newark, NJ, will be making his eagerly-awaited professional debut in a four-round featherweight bout.

The six world championship warriors have a combined record of 156-7-1 for a winning percentage of 95% with a victory by knockout ratio of 71%.

“Every fight is important to me. I respect Marriaga just like every fighter I face.  And I will do whatever I have to do to win,” said Valdez.  “This will be the second defense of my belt and I know the challengers are going to come after me, but I will be more than ready to give the fans a great fight and retain my championship.”

“The only way I don’t win my Oscar on April 22 is if Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read the decision,” said Marriaga.  “Second chances are rare in boxing and I’m going to make the most of my second shot at a world title. My trainer. “Professor” [Samuel] Gómez, and I will be prepared to give the performance of a lifetime on April 22.”

“I feel very happy and I’m thankful for the opportunity of defending my title for the first time,” said Ramírez.  “I’m motivated and I feel  a great desire to return to the ring.  I have been active in my hometown of Mazatlán and training like if I was going to fight.  Now I’m ready to fight!  I feel 100% recovered from the injury in my hand. I feel better than ever and with more confidence in my punching power.  On April 22 I will give the fans an explosive fight with lots of action.  Max Bursak is a solid strong fighter.  He is a brawler and he is coming with hunger of triumph for all the Ukrainians.  It will be very good for three Mexicans to be defending our titles on the same card and even more here, in California, where there is a big boxing fan base.”

“Ramírez is young, tough and already an experienced fighter.  But I’m also not an ‘easy walk’.  We have almost similar records and achievements, so it’s going to be a very interesting clash,” said Bursak.  “I’m already working hard in the gym, because I’m coming to California to win!”

“To be a champion today you have to work hard every day, go after the big challenges and see the big picture,” said Magdaleno. “That is what I am doing to express myself and my legacy in the sport, going into a title fight like this one.”

“For me this is a unique opportunity, to be fighting for the world title of a very big entity that is the WBO,” said Dos Santos.  “I know that Jessie is a very good fighter.  He is a real champion.  Fighting for the title has always been a dream for me and today it has come true.  Thanks to my Agent Patrick Nascimento and my promoter Edu Mello.  I’m training very hard for this fight.  I’m very focused.  I know it will not be an easy job. For those who know me, on April 22, you will see a different Adeilson.  I’m working to put on  a big show and win the title.”

“I’m excited to start a new chapter in my boxing career and make my pro debut on April 22 at the Stub Hub Center,” said Stevenson.  “There have been so many exciting fights in that building and I plan to add to that history in my first pro fight.  I’m already training hard and everyone is going to see what I’m all about on April 22, live on Top Rank Pay-Per-View.”

Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), from Nogales, México, and who represented México in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was the first Méxican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games.  He is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a new face for boxing’s next generation.  He will be making the second defense of the vacant world title he won on July 23, 2016 via a second-round knockout of undefeated No. 2 rated Matías Rueda.  Rueda entered that fight having won his previous 10 bouts by stoppage.   Valdez, 26, started 2016 with a fourth-round knockout victory over former International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich on the April 9 Pacquiao – Tim Bradley III pay-per-view undercard in Las Vegas. It was the first time Gradovich had ever been stopped in his 24-bout professional career.  In his last fight, on November 5, he successfully defended the title with a seventh-round TKO of No. 1 contender Hiroshige Osawa.

Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs), from Arjona, Colombia, enters this fight having won 15 of his previous 19 fights by way of knockout .  The only blemish on his record, a 12-round unanimous decision loss to former World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters in 2015, who had lost the title on the scale when he weighed in over the division weight limit.  Since that loss, Marriaga, 30, has fashioned a five-bout winning streak, including NABO featherweight title knockout victories in his last two fights against Guy Robb and Eduardo Montoya last year to become the WBO’s No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger.

Ramírez (34-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlán, México, made history in the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley welterweight pay-per-view on April 9, 2016, when he became México’s first fighter to win a super middleweight world title.  Entering the fight as the top world-rated contender, Ramirez gave a virtuoso performance over the defending WBO champion Arthur  Abraham.  All three judges scored it as a 120-108 blitzkrieg.  “I took him to Méxican boxing school,” a jubilant Ramírez boasted as he put on the world championship belt .  A sensational young champion, Ramírez, 25, had been scheduled to make his first title defense last July, but a training camp injury to his right hand followed by surgery and rest sidelined him for the remainder of the year.  He returns to the ring having won four of his last eight bouts by knockout.  Career-highlight performances include an NABF and NABO title victory over Giovanni Lorenzo via fifth-round stoppage, a WBO International title knockout victory over Junior Talipeau and a successful defense of his NABF and WBO International titles, stopping Fulgencio Zuniga in the eighth round, all in 2014.  In 2015, he successfully defended his titles via unanimous decisions over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov, division gate keeper Derek Edwards, who boasts a KO victory over world champion Badou Jack, and once-beaten Gevorg Khatchikian, who had scored knockouts in five of his last six victories.

Bursak (33-4-1, 15 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, will be making his U.S. debut.  A former European middleweight champion and one-time WBO interim middleweight world title challenger, Bursak, 32, enters this fight having scored three of his last four victories by way of knockout and is world-rated No. 10 by the WBO.

Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs), from Las Vegas, NV, enters his first title defense having won eight of his last 11 bouts by knockout.  The former U.S. Amateur Champion has crafted a sterling professional ring record since making his professional debut on November 6, 2010.  The younger brother of lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno, Jessie, 25, parlayed his No. 1 ranking into a mandatory challenge of defending WBO junior featherweight champion and five-division world titlist Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire on November 15, 2016, winning a  very close and action-packed 12-round unanimous decision.

Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KOs), from São Paolo, Brasil, has won five of his last six fights by stoppage.  He captured the WBO Latino featherweight title on September 17, 2016, knocking out Deivis Perez in the seventh round.  Dos Santos, 25  who has also held the WBO Latino junior featherweight title, will be making his U.S. debut on this card.

Stevenson, 19, from Newark, NJ,, sailed though every stage of his Olympic competition in Rio De Janeiro last summer before losing a close split decision in the bantamweight championship fight to 2012 flyweight Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba.  Ramirez swept the judges’ scorecards in round one with Stevenson returning the favor in round two.  In the third and final round, the closest of the three rounds, two of the three judges gave the round to Ramirez and the gold medal, by the slimmest of margins.  It was the best finish for an American male boxer since Andre Ward captured the gold medal in the Athens Games of 2004.  Ward is now part of Stevenson’s management team along with James Prince and attorney Josh Dubin.  The only boxer to make Forbes “30 Under 30” in  its Sports category, Stevenson was selected by a panel of judges comprised of James Harden, shooting guard for the Houston Rockets, Phil Knight, Chairman Emeritus of Nike and Casey Wasserman, Chairman and CEO of the Wasserman Group.  The oldest of nine children, Stevenson, who is named for the late rap star Tupac Shakur,  was introduced to boxing by his grandfather, Willie “Wali” Moses, at age 5.  Now based in northern Virginia, Stevenson is trained by Kay Koroma.

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