Stephen Wilson Jr - Delmar Hall - St. Louis, MO - 10.10.24


Stephen Wilson Jr.

About Stephen Wilson Jr.

Stephen Wilson Jr. opens every one of his performances the exact same way, by walking to the microphone and introducing himself to the crowd: “I’m Stephen Wilson Jr. — I am my father’s son.” Wilson’s entire being is defined by those words, and particularly by the two simple letters that follow his name: Jr. Like his father before him, he is a boxer, and learned discipline and self-esteem in the ring beginning at age 5. He has the same eyes as his dad too. And, most importantly, he has his name.

“You don’t have to put Jr. after your name. It’s an optional suffix. But it is very powerful,” Wilson says. “It carries a lot of weight in the sport of boxing, because it means you’re an extension of your father. I’m an artist now, but when I see my name on a show poster, I still look at it like a fight card. My first stage wasn’t a stage at all, it was a boxing ring.”

Since Sept. 15, 2018 — the day his father died after a brief illness at 59 — Wilson’s been in the fight of his life, battling grief and uncertainty to figure out how...

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