Shakur Stevenson Charged With Assault in Miami Beach
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Miami Beach, FL(April 4th, 2019)– ‘Fearless’ Shakur Stevenson, the 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist and 10-0 featherweight southpaw prospect out of Alexandria, Virginia and Newark, NJ, and his sometimes traveling partner 25-3-1 welterweight David ‘Day-Day’ Grayton of Washington, D.C., got into a verbal and physical altercation in while exiting a Miami Beach, Florida parking garage on July 1, 2018, which came to blows. With the sudden release of video footage from the incident, misdemeanor battery charges lodged against Stevenson and Grayton may soon be upgraded to felonies, jeopardizing and damaging both of their promising professional boxing careers.
Verbal comments were exchanged between the two men and a group of individuals in the parking garage. Stevenson apparently through the first punch, then Grayton began throwing punches, and the fisticuffs then got out of hands, leading to a wild brawl near the street entrance to the parking garage. Stevenson threw a punch at man which missed, then inadvertently punched a woman in the face standing nearby. Grayton then approached two men and a woman, who attacked him. A male and female victim both had black and blue eyes, with the man’s eyes swollen shut. He was the man covered in blood. Meanwhile, Stevenson then spits on the man dressed in white (with the shirt covered in blood) after he fell to the ground. A woman is seen wrestling with one of the boxers.
Grayton took Stevenson by the hand, leading him out of the melee. The two men then fled the scene before cops responded. Area police officers who responded to the wild scene later caught up with both Stevenson and Grayton at a hotel in South Beach, who showed evidence of minor injuries sustained from the impromptu punching session. Stevenson was found with a cut on his lip, while Grayton had cuts on his knuckles. Sports fans can view the released portion of the parking garage video themselves, and come to their own conclusions. Stevenson fights next at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2018, in a ten rounder against 24-1 Christopher Diaz of Baranquillas, Puerto Rico, on the undercard of Terence Crawford versus Amir Khan World Boxing Organization World Welterweight title bout. Grayton is also scheduled to return to ring action on April 20. 2019, on the undercard of a nine-bout card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland, in a six rounder against an opponent still to be named. Stevenson’s promoter Top Rank has not commented yet on the arrests.
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