Shakur Stevenson misses weight for title fight with Robson Conceicao, loses WBC and WBO titles on the scale


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Shakur Stevenson is ready as a junior lightweight. The 130-pound united champion no longer holds that title after losing 1.6 pounds for his weight matchup with Robson Conceicao on Thursday. Stevenson had the chance to shed the last bit of weight after hitting the scale, but chose not to.

He addressed his mistake on social media.

“I gave it my all. I’ve been professional all my career and I’ve gained weight, but my body can’t make 130 anymore,” Stevenson wrote:. “My health has to come first. I’m going to 135 in my next fight.”

The titles are still on the line for Conceicao, who weighed 129.6 pounds. The belts won’t be officially empty until the fight starts Friday night in Newark, New Jersey.

Stevenson was usually expected to go to the next lightweight even before he missed out on the scale. A lack of first-class opponents at junior lightweight, along with how deep 135lbs currently is, made this decision a lot easier. Brawls with the likes of undisputed champion Devin Haney, Vasiliy Lomachenko and even Gervonta “Tank” Davis all feel very possible right now.

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