So win the fight you will lose your championships: unfortunate reality of Shakur Stevenson moving to lightweight
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The reality of the race Shakur Stevenson It is not lucky at all, quite the opposite. The 25-year-old boxer, a real boxing promise, He did not comply a few days ago with the weigh-in for his lawsuit against the Brazilian Robson Conceicao to dispute his WBO and WBC super featherweight championship, which brought harsh consequences.
When you get on the scale, Stevenson marked 131.6 pounds, 1.6 pounds over the limit. He then refused to lose the excess weight despite being given two hours by the New Jersey Athletic Commission for him to accomplish such a goal.
The penalty was soon known: once he gets into the ring against Robson Conceicao he will have already lost his two belts, independent that can beat the South American. If he manages to keep the lawsuit, the sashes will be in dispute for the next contenders.
Contrary to lamenting, the American boxer has announced his retirement to the category and that he will stay in the light weight supposedly for the sake of his health, physique, and career.
“I gave it my all. I’ve been a professional my entire career and I’ve made weight, but my body can’t accept 130 pounds again (…) My health comes first. I’ll go up to 135 for my next fight.”
The one from New Jersey won the first (WBO) of his two belts after beating Joet Gonzalez on October 26, 2019 and on April 30 of this year he beat Mexican Óscar Valdez, six years older than him, in an evening held in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and snatched the WBC super featherweight championship from him.
Shakur Stevenson managed to win a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and a year later in April 2007 he made his professional debut by defeating Edgar Brito at the Stubhub Center. His record is 18 wins in as many fights, 9 by fast-track knockout.
Waiting for him in the lightweight division are undisputed champion Devin Haney, Ukrainian veteran Vasiliy Lomachenko and the always tough and difficult Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.