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Stevenson no longer holds championship belts
The American boxer failed the control weigh-in before the fight with Robson Conceicao.
The WBO and WBC featherweight titles are now considered vacant. The thing is that before the fight with Robson Conceicao, the belt holder Shakur Stevenson could not comply with the mandatory weight control.
The undefeated American boxer failed the weigh-in, exceeding the norm of the second featherweight by 725 grams, according to ESPN.
Immediately after this embarrassment, Stevenson announced that he would no longer compete in the second featherweight division and move up to the lightweight division.
“I gave it my all. During my career I was a professional and at the right weight, but my body is no longer able to hold the second featherweight. My health is above all else. In the next fight I will move up to lightweight,” wrote Stevenson on Twitter.
It will be recalled that the match between Stevenson and Conceicao will take place on the night of September 23-24 in Newark. But now for Shakur it will be only a material gain. The WBO and WBC championship titles will be at stake only for the Brazilian boxer.