Shakur Stevenson to vacate WBC and WBO titles after weight loss, drop to 135lbs

Shakur Stevenson to vacate WBC and WBO titles after weight loss, drop to 135lbs
Shakur Stevenson to vacate WBC and WBO titles after weight loss, drop to 135lbs
Shakur Stevenson missed weight for his fight against Robson Conceicao on Thursday and confirmed he will move up a weight class. (Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Shakur Stevenson finished fighting at 130 pounds.

Stevenson confirmed on Twitter Thursday that he will no longer compete at 130lbs, meaning he will be stripped of his WBC and WBO world super featherweight titles.

Competing in this weight class, he said, just isn’t healthy for the 25-year-old anymore.

“I gave it my all,” Stevenson said. “I’ve been a professional all my career and I’ve put on weight, but my body can’t do 130 anymore. My health has to come first.

Stevenson lost weight on Thursday by about 1.6 pounds ahead of his scheduled fight against Robson Conceicao this weekend.

The fight, held for the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, would be Stevenson’s first at home with his titles. The fight will still happen, but only Conceicao can win the titles – which Stevenson will officially vacate once the fight is over.

Conceicao, an Olympic gold medalist in 2016, is 17-1 with eight knockouts but lost for the first time in his professional career last year.

Stevenson holds an 18-0 record with nine knockout wins, his last victory against Oscar Valdez in April. Stevenson will start competing at 135 pounds after Friday’s fight, a move that was widely expected in the near future even before he dropped the weight.

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