Shakur Stevenson has retired from lightweight. The unified 130lb champion no longer holds that title after being 1.6lbs short.on Thursday. Stevenson had the opportunity to shed the final weight after stepping on the scale, but chose not to.
He reached out to his miss on social media.
“I gave it my all. I’ve been a pro all my career and gained weight, but my body just can’t go over 130 pounds.” Stevenson wrote. “My health should come first. Next fight I’ll go up to 135 pounds.”
Titles will still be on the line for Conceiçao, who came in at 129.6 pounds. The belts won’t officially become vacant until the fight kicks off Friday night in Newark, New Jersey.
Stevenson was mostly expected to move up to lightweight before he missed the scale. The lack of high-profile junior lightweight contenders, and how heavy 135 pounds are right now, made this decision a lot easier. Fights with the likes of undisputed champion Devin Haney, Vassily Lomachenko, and even Gervonta “Tank” Davis now seem entirely possible.
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