It was announced several times during the NBC Olympic telecast that 2016 Rio bantamweight silver medalist Shakur Stevenson had signed with Mayweather Promotions. That was perhaps fueled by a series of tweets by Floyd Mayweather on Wednesday which read:
“I came all the way to Brazil to support the athletes of the United States, but while enjoying the events I had one goal in mind and that was to extend a warm welcome to @ShakurStevenson into The Money Team family. @MayweatherPromo connecting true future stars worldwide!”
Stevenson, however, says he’s a free agent. “I haven’t signed with anybody so I’m going to go home and look at my options,” he stated.
Regarding his split decision loss to Robeisy Ramirez, Stevenson said, “I knew it was a close fight. I didn’t feel it was (my) best performance so I wasn’t surprised (by the decision). In the last round, I could have thrown more punches instead of trying to outbox him. I had a plan, I knew he was going to come at me because everyone told me it was 1-1 so I was going to try to box him from the outside but it didn’t work. I don’t think he hit me but he threw a lot of punches in the last round and pulled it out I guess.
“Right now, I’m crushed. I’m disappointed in myself, I knew I could have done better. I have to go look at the tape and see what I did wrong. Hopefully they will allow Cubans to go to the pros because I definitely want to fight him again.”
The 19-year-old from Newark, New Jersey, was inconsolable during an NBC interview as he headed back to the locker room to change for his medal ceremony.
“When I came through, I was crushed, I was hurt. I hate losing more than anything. I’m disappointed in myself. Much respect to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez, he did what he to do and I took my loss. I feel like a let a lot of people down. I’m disappointed in myself but I’m going to come back stronger,” he said.