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Shakur Stevenson might be stripped of his WBO and WBC featherweight titles after failing to make weight forward of his matchup with Robson Conceição on Friday, per ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.
Conceição will nonetheless be eligible to say each titles with a win.
Stevenson stated Thursday on Twitter that he is now not able to hitting 130 kilos:
The undefeated Stevenson (18-0) is going through a high quality from the New Jersey State Athletic Fee, and probably a number of the $3 million combat purse he is set to earn. Friday’s occasion is going down on the Prudential Middle in Newark, New Jersey.
Per Coppinger, “Prime Rank is searching for an answer so Stevenson and Conceição can nonetheless combat within the ESPN major occasion.”
The 33-year-old Conceição (17-1) can have his second title shot on Friday. In Sept. 2021 he misplaced by resolution to Oscar Valdez, who had examined constructive for a banned substance within the lead-up to the combat however was nonetheless allowed to take part.
Valdez would go on to lose to Stevenson and Conceição beat Xavier Martinez, placing Stevenson and Conceição on a collision course.
Stevenson, 25, is without doubt one of the rising stars within the sport, so lacking weight Thursday and the lack of his titles is unlikely to derail his profession in any vital means.
Cameron Wolfe @CameronWolfe
Shakur Stevenson missed weight and will get his junior light-weight (130-pound) belts stripped forward of tomorrow’s title protection combat. However a whole lot of nice fights forward at light-weight (135) for Shakur, who ought to quickly be considered one of major faces of boxing. https://t.co/7ULgQAXwPd
A transfer to the light-weight division at all times appeared just like the pure development for Stevenson’s profession. The circumstances of that transition weren’t preferrred heading into Friday’s combat, however he’ll be one of many major attracts in his new weight class if he continues on his present trajectory.