Shakur Stevenson will lose his WBC and WBO titles after claiming that ‘his body can’t hit the featherweight super limit for this weekend’s game against Robson Conceicao.
The American star will defend his belt against Conceicao at dawn on Saturday, live on Sky Sports, but he weighs 131.6lbs while the Brazilian is in the 130lbs limit at 129.6lbs.
Stevenson released a statement on social media, hinting that he will not be trying to lose any more weight, meaning only Conceicao can claim the WBC and WBO belts in this weekend’s bout at the Prudential Center, Newark.
He said, “I’ve given it my all. I’ve been professional in both my career and weight training, but my body just can’t hit 130.[lbs] anymore.
“My health must come first. I’m going 135[lbs] in my next fight. “
Stevenson is one of the most exciting talents in the sport, having gone on to become a two-division world champion in an undefeated 18-match career.
But the 25-year-old has now indicated that he will pursue more titles in the higher weight division after the match against Conceicao.
Watch Shakur Stevenson vs Robson Conceicao live on Sky Sports, from 1am on Saturday.