Shakur Stevenson doesn’t give weight; loses super featherweight championship belts
Shakur Stevenson failed to make weight on Thursday ahead of his fight against Robson Conceicao on Friday in Newark, New Jersey, and will be stripped of his two 130-pound titles, under championship fight rules governed by the World Boxing Organization ( WBO) and the World Boxing Council (WBC).
The 25-year-old weighed 131.6lbs and had two hours to lose 1.6lbs, but determined he couldn’t shed the excess weight.
“I gave it my all,” tweeted Stevenson, ESPN’s No. 1 super featherweight. “I’ve been professional all my career and I’ve put on weight, but my body can’t do 130 anymore. My health has to come first. I’ll go all the way to 135 in my next fight.”
Olympic gold medalist Conceicao will be eligible to claim both vacant titles, assuming the fight goes as planned. The 33-year-old Brazilian weighed in at 129.6 pounds for the second starting opportunity of his career. His other championship chance came in September 2021, when he lost a controversial decision to Óscar Valdez.
Valdez was cleared to fight, despite having a banned substance in his system following a positive test weeks before the fight. Conceicao (17-1, 8 KOs) bounced back with a blowout from Xavier Martinez in January, while Valdez was topped by Stevenson in April.
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) will be fined by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission and will likely have to give up some of his purse to allow the fight to continue. Stevenson is expected to earn $3 million, sources told ESPN. Top Rank is trying to find a solution so that Stevenson and Conceicao can still fight in the main event on ESPN, the sources said.
Stevenson previously held a title at 126 pounds. Stevenson, the Olympic silver medalist, could be looking for high-stakes fights with fellow high-ranking fighters Devin Haney, the undisputed lightweight champion, and Vasiliy Lomachenko at 135 pounds.
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