UPDATE (2:56 pm ET): Shakur Stevenson confirms he will be moving up to 135 for his next fight, and he has no intention of trying to come back to the scales and make the weight for this fight, thus vacating his titles. They will still be on the line for Robson Conceicao.
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.— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) September 22, 2022
Shakur Stevenson missed weight on the scales today, meaning that if he does not come back and make weight, the WBC and WBO junior lightweight titles will only be on the line for Robson Conceicao in their Friday night ESPN main event from Newark.
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KO) came in at 131.6 lbs, or 1.6 lbs over the limit for the fight. The Top Rank team did a tremendous job at the weigh-in not even acknowledging that Stevenson had missed weight, because everyone else is dumb and if you don’t say it, they won’t notice.
Stevenson will have two hours from the weigh-in to make weight, and we’ll update you if he does or doesn’t.
There is every chance Stevenson will just vacate the belts and move up to 135 after this, which was by many accounts the plan in the first place.
Conceicao (17-1, 8 KO) weighed in at 129.6.
Here’s the full weigh-in video: