Shakur Stevenson misses weight, stripped of 130-pound titles forward of Friday’s combat vs. Robson Conceicao


Shakur Stevenson didn’t make weight Thursday forward of his combat vs. Robson Conceicao on Friday in Newark, New Jersey, and might be stripped of his two 130-pound titles, per championship combat guidelines ruled by the WBO and WBC.

The 25-year-old weighed 131.6 kilos and had two hours to shed 1.6 kilos however decided he could not lose the surplus weight.

“I gave it my all,” tweeted Stevenson, ESPN’s No. 1 junior light-weight. “I’ve been skilled my entire profession and made weight, however my physique simply cannot make 130 anymore. My well being has to come back first. I’m transferring as much as 135 in my subsequent combat.”

Conceicao, an Olympic gold medalist, might be eligible to win the 2 vacant titles, assuming the combat proceeds as deliberate. The 33-year-old Brazilian weighed 129.6 kilos for the second title alternative of his profession. His different crack at a championship got here in September 2021, when he dropped a controversial choice to Oscar Valdez.

Valdez was allowed to combat, regardless of the presence of a banned substance in his system following a constructive check weeks earlier than the bout. Conceicao (17-1, 8 KOs) rebounded with a rout of Xavier Martinez in January whereas Valdez was dominated by Stevenson in April.

Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) might be fined by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission and can doubtless should forfeit a few of his purse to permit the combat to proceed. Stevenson is scheduled to earn $3 million, sources inform ESPN. Top Rank is searching for an answer so Stevenson and Conceicao can nonetheless combat within the ESPN principal occasion, sources mentioned.

Stevenson previously held a title at 126 kilos. An Olympic silver medalist, Stevenson may search high-stakes fights with fellow Top Rank boxers Devin Haney, the undisputed light-weight champion, and Vasiliy Lomachenko at 135 kilos.