SHAKUR STEVENSON has been stripped of his WBC and WBO super-featherweight titles ahead of his showdown with Robson Conceicao.

The two-weight world champion, 25, failed to make the 130lbs limit at a dramatic weigh-in on Thursday.

Shakur Stevenson unified the super-featherweight division in April
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But he has been forced to vacate his belts after missing weight before his bout with Robson Conceicao
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Stevenson was due to put his belts on the line against Conceicao in his hometown of Newark.

But after tipping the scales 1.6lb over the limit, he has been forced to relinquish his titles.

The scheduled bout is still due to go ahead, with only challenger Conceicao able to grab the vacant belts with victory.

Stevenson was given two extra hours to drop the pound-and-a-half by the commission in New Jersey.

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After failing to do so, he took to social media to announce he would be moving up to lightweight for his next bout.

Shakur tweeted: “I gave it my all. I’ve been 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.”

Stevenson is 18-0 as a professional and won the WBO crown by defeating Jamel Herring in Atlanta last October.


He unified the division with victory over Oscar Valdez in April and is ranked as the world’s No1 at super-featherweight.

Boxing fans were quick to comment on the news that Stevenson had missed weight.

Some were unsure why he’d taken a fight at 130lbs when he knew he’d struggle to make the weight.

While others were salivating at the prospect of another talented fighter making the leap into the lightweight division.

One wrote: “Why take a fight at a weight you know you can’t make?”

While another added: “No issue, just should have been announced before getting on the scale to alleviate the negative stigma of getting stripped bcuz your body has out grown the division.”

And a third said: “135 bout to get real crazy bruh…”

Others were more supportive, with one fan saying: “Don’t kill yourself making weight your body is telling you not to make. You gonna be just as great at 135 and you were at 130. It’s just boxing, it’s just a sport.”

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Stevenson’s ascent to lightweight will make a crowded division even more competitive.

He joins Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko and George Kambosos Jr at 135lbs.

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