Olympic boxer Shakur Stevenson (right) and his coach Kay Koroma (left).

Olympic boxer Shakur Stevenson (right) and his coach Kay Koroma (left).

For more than three decades, an intimate gym in the heart of Old Town Alexandria has been a hub for some of the nation’s most elite boxers. Now the Alexandria Boxing Club boasts its first Olympic champion –- bantamweight silver medalist Shakur Stevenson, a Newark, NJ, native who has trained at the club for more than two years. But for Stevenson and countless young people who have trained with the club’s coaches, the lessons they’ve learned inside the ring have been transformative outside it. Kojo speaks with Stevenson and his coach, and learns more about Alexandria’s outsize role in boxing.


  • Kay Koroma Men's Associate Boxing Coach, Team USA; Resident Coach, USA Boxing; Coach, Alexandria Boxing Club
  • Shakur Stevenson Silver Medalist, Bantamweight division, U.S. Olympic Boxing Team

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