Shakur Stevenson misses weight, stripped of titles from 130 pounds ahead of Friday’s fight against Robson Conceicao

Shakur Stevenson failed to gain 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, per championship fighting rules set by the WBO and WBC.

The 25-year-old weighed 131.6 pounds and had two hours to lose 1.6 pounds, but decided he couldn’t lose the excess weight.

“I gave everything”, tweeted Stevenson, ESPN’s No. 1 junior lightweight. “I’ve been professional all my career and I’ve gained weight, but my body can’t make 130 anymore. My health has to come first. I’m going to 135 in my next fight.”

Conceicao, an Olympic gold medalist, is eligible to win the two vacant titles, which will remain vacant if he loses. Stevenson and Conceiao agreed on a financial penalty for Stevenson’s failure to continue the fight, sources said. Stevenson would make $3 million, according to the sources.

Conceicao, a 33-year-old from Brazil, weighed in at 129.6 pounds for the second title shot of his career. His other championship crack came in September 2021, when he dropped a controversial decision to Oscar Valdez.

Valdez was allowed to fight despite the presence of a banned substance in his system after testing positive weeks before the match. Conceicao (17-1, 8 KOs) recovered with a defeat to Xavier Martinez in January, while Valdez was dominated by Stevenson in April.

Stevenson (18-0.9 KOs) is fined by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission.

Stevenson previously held a 126-pound title. Stevenson, an Olympic silver medalist, was able to fight at high stakes with fellow Top Rank boxers Devin Haney, the undisputed lightweight champion, and Vasiliy Lomachenko weighing 135 pounds.

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