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Boxer Shakur Stevenson has failed to make weight for his upcoming 130-pound title fight and has been stripped of his WBO and WBC super-featherweight belts.
Stevenson, who is set to fight Robson Conceição on Friday night in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, weighed in at 131.6 pounds on Thursday. According to the rules of the fight, he will not fight and will not be able to retain his championship.
The 25-year-old mentioned that she let all her weight build up.
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“I gave it my all,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’ve been pro my whole career and made weight, but my body can’t do 130 anymore.”
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Stevenson said that “health has to come first,” and he will move on to start fighting in the 135-pound weight class in his next fight.
The fight is still going to happen, at least for now, but Stevenson won’t be able to get his belt back if he defeats Concecio. Conceição, on the other hand, could retain the vacated belts if he defeats Stevenson.
Top, which is promoting the fight, is still looking at options to keep the fight as a main event on ESPN.
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Conceição, the 33-year-old Olympic gold medalist, weighed 129.6 pounds Thursday.
Stevenson is still undefeated in his young career, collecting nine knockouts with an 18-0 record. But, in addition to being stripped of the title, he is expected to be fined by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission and forfeit any purse money he was due to continue fighting.
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Stevenson is set to make $3 million per fight on ESPN.