Aug 27, 2014, 10:39 AM EDT
Shakur Stevenson bulldozed through the Youth Olympic boxing competition, winning all nine of his rounds on every judge’s scorecard en route to 52kg gold Wednesday.
He blanked China’s Ping Lyu in the final after dispatching a Brit named Muhammad Ali in the semifinals Sunday.
Stevenson, named after rapper Tupac Shakur, became the first U.S. men’s boxer to win a Youth Olympic gold medal in the two editions of the Games. No U.S. man has won an Olympic boxing gold medal since Andre Ward in 2004.
Stevenson doesn’t lack for confidence heading toward the Rio Olympics. He’s 17-0 in international competition.
“Yeah, I’m going to win the gold medal,” in 2016, the 17-year-old told USA Today.
Stevenson’s credentials back it up. A boxer since age 5, the Newark, N.J., native won the 2013 Junior World Championships and 2014 Youth World Championships. He is the first American to be named AIBA’s World Junior Fighter of the Year.
NBCSN coverage of the Youth Olympics continues Wednesday (7-8 p.m. ET) and concludes Thursday with the Closing Ceremony (6:30-8).
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