Shakur Stevenson – Can’t Make 130 Anymore, Moving Up To 135

Shakur Stevenson was forced to relinquish his WBO and WBC Junior Lightweight titles after failing to make weight for the title defence against Robson Conceicao on Thursday night.

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The WBC and WBO world titles will only be up for grabs for Conceicao on Friday as Stevenson came in 1.6 pounds over the junior lightweight limit for the fight. He was awarded two hours to drain down the weight by the New Jersey Athletic Control but instead opted to relinquish his belts, saying he couldn’t lose all the weight.

Stevenson will be moving up in weight after the fight with Conceicao and made a tweet after the incident at the weigh in to confirm his decision.

“I gave it my all,” Stevenson stated in his Tweet. “I’ve been a 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.”

Conceicao, a 2016 Gold Medalist will look to win the WBC and WBO junior lightweight titles when he meets Stevenson on Friday at the Prudential Center in Stevenson’s native Newark, New Jersey (10 p.m. ET).

The 135 pound division is deep and has some serious competition going on there. There is the undisputed light weight champion Devin Haney, Vasily Lomachenko and WBA secondary champion Gervonta Tank Davis all there to make an interesting fight for Stevenson. Other big names in the division are Ryan Garcia and Isaac Cruz.

Stevenson fought five times in the Junior lightweight division and won them all. His exploits in the division includes his dominant stoppage victories over former world champions Jamel Herring and Oscar Valdez.

Stevenson once held the WBO super featherweight title, moved up in weight without a defence to defeat Jamel Herring and in his most recent outing in April, totally dominated Oscar Valdez, dropping him in the sixth round and easily cruising to a loop sided unanimous decision to win the WBC world title.

Final Face Off Photos

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