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Shakur Stevenson wins Youth Olympic boxing gold; Rio next? (video)

Shakur Stevenson

NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 27: (CHINA OUT) Shakur Stevenson (R) of the United States competes with Lv Ping of China in the Men’s Boxing Fly (52kg) Final on day eleven of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing International Expo Centre on August 27, 2014 in Nanjing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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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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