By Keith Idec
Undefeated featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery early Sunday morning for his alleged role in a brawl at a parking garage in Miami.
Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist from Newark, New Jersey, spent Saturday night celebrating his 21st birthday in Miami’s South Beach area and posted multiple photos on Instagram of him and hip hop superstar Drake. Later that night, Stevenson and another boxer, David Grayton, allegedly got into an altercation with a group of victims inside a parking garage in Miami.
News of Stevenson’s arrest was first reported by slaterscoops.com on Tuesday morning.
According to a police report, Stevenson and Grayton made comments to a group that included two women in the parking garage. Those comments led to a physical altercation in which male and female victims were struck, according to the police report.
The report states the alleged male and female victims, all of whom had visible injuries, were treated by medical personnel at the scene. Stevenson and Grayton had left the parking garage by the time police arrived, but they were found later at the nearby Shore Club South Beach hotel.
Stevenson had a cut on his lip and Grayton’s knuckles were cut, according to the police report. There reportedly were witnesses to the melee and the parking garage’s surveillance camera captured footage of the brawl.
Stevenson, who turned 21 on Thursday, is 7-0, including four knockouts, since making his pro debut in April 2017.
The young southpaw – who’s promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. and managed by Andre Ward, James Prince and Josh Dubin – knocked out Brazil’s Aelio Mesquita (16-2, 14 KOs) in the second round of his most recent fight, June 9 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Stevenson is scheduled to fight Mexico’s Carlos Ruiz (16-4-2, 6 KOs) on August 18 at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City.
The 30-year-old Grayton, a welterweight from Washington, D.C., has produced a 15-2-1 record, including 11 knockouts, since he turned pro in August 2012. He also was charged with misdemeanor battery.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.