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Shakur Stevenson fails to make weight; stripped of titles, but fight vs. Robson Conceicao still on

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Sooner or later, Shakur Stevenson was going to move up to 135 pounds. The move is going to come quicker than maybe he expected.

Ahead of his scheduled WBC/WBO junior lightweight title defense on Friday against Robson Conceicao, Stevenson weighed in on Thursday at 131.6 pounds, 1.6 pounds over the weight class limit. Because of the miss, Stevenson has been stripped of the belts. The fight is still on, but only Conceicao is the only one eligible to win the titles.Stevenson released a statement on social media confirming he wouldn't be able to make 130 pounds and says his next fight will be at lightweight.

"I gave it my all," Stevenson said. "I’ve been professional my whole career and made weight, but my body just can’t make 130 anymore. My health has to come first. I’m moving up to 135 in my next fight." 

Stevenson produced a career-best performance in his last outing in April when he beat Mexico's Oscar Valdez to claim the WBC and Ring Magazine titles. But, one fight later, he won't be defending any championships. 


 

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