Shakur Stevenson failed to gain weight on Thursday ahead of his fight against Robson Conceicao on Friday in Newark, NJ and will lose his two 130-pound titles under championship fight rules governed by the WBO and WBC.
Weighing 131.6 pounds, the 25-year-old had two hours to lose 1.6 pounds but decided he couldn’t lose the excess weight.
“I gave everything” Stevenson tweeted, ESPN’s #1 junior lightweight. “I’ve been a pro my whole career and I’ve gained weight, but my body just can’t do 130 anymore. My health must come first. I will go up to 135 in my next fight.”
Conceicao, an Olympic gold medalist, will be eligible to win the two vacant titles provided the fight goes as planned. The 33-year-old Brazilian weighed in at 129.6 pounds for his second career title opportunity. His other crack at a championship came in September 2021, when he dropped a controversial decision to Oscar Valdez.
Valdez was allowed to fight despite having a banned substance in his system after testing positive weeks before the fight. Conceicao (17-1, 8 KOs) bounced back in January with a win over Xavier Martinez, while Valdez was dominated by Stevenson in April.
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) is fined by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission and will likely have to forfeit part of his purse for the fight to continue. Stevenson is set to make $3 million, sources tell ESPN. Top Rank is trying to find a solution so Stevenson and Conceicao can still fight in the ESPN main event, sources said.
Stevenson used to hold a title at 126 pounds. Stevenson, an Olympic silver medalist, could strive for high-stakes bouts with fellow boxers Devin Haney, the undisputed lightweight champion, and 135-pound Vasiliy Lomachenko.
https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/34643867/shakur-stevenson-misses-weight-stripped-junior-lightweight-titles-ahead-friday-fight-vs-robson-conceicao Shakur Stevenson misses weight, stripped of 130-pound titles ahead of Friday’s fight vs. Robson Conceicao