Shakur Stevenson hinted at lightweight ambitions ahead of weigh-in miss

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Shakur Stevenson-Robson Conceicao (Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

Shakur Stevenson said he is keen to pursue ‘bigger fish’ at 135lbs after his fight with Robson Conceicao.

The American was until Friday the WBC and WBO super featherweight champion only to miss weight by coming in at 131.6lbs.

That means Conceicao is the only fighter who can come away with the belts, with Stevenson giving them up regardless of the outcome.

Speaking to the DAZN Boxing Podcast before the weigh-in, Stevenson discussed his struggles to make the weight, and discussed his designs on the lightweight division.

When asked about a potential move up in weight, he admitted: “I think it’s a possibility, it depends on my weight cut for this fight, we’ll see how it feels for this fight. If it’s cool I’ll stay, if it’s not I’ll chase the bigger fish at 135.

“I think that’s very exciting, if you think  back a couple of years ago, they weren’t speaking on me. It’s a beautiful thing when you get your name in the mix and you’re not at that weight class, but everyone wants you at that weight class.

“I’m fighting the top fighters in front of me, who are meant to be champions, I’m taking them out easily. That’s how talented I am.”

Of a fight in his hometown Newark, the 25-year-old American said: "I’ve been facing pressure my whole career, I’m cool with pressure.

"Once I get to fight night I’m in the zone. I’m not worried about anything outside the boxing ring. I don’t care about the pressure, pressure comes with it. A lot of other people fold with the pressure.”


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