Shakur Stevenson is coming off the perfect win of his profession, however a problem with making weight has value him his WBC and WBO tremendous featherweight titles.
He takes on 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist Robson Conceicao on the Prudential Area in Newark this Friday night, the place the belts will likely be at stake for the Brazilian solely.
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Stevenson was over a pound over the tremendous featherweight weight restrict on the weigh in, and was merely unable to shift the surplus.
“I gave it my all” stated Stevenson on his Twitter account.
“I’ve been skilled my entire profession and made weight, however my physique simply can’t make 130 anymore. My well being has to return first. I’m transferring to 135 in my subsequent battle”
I gave it my all. I’ve been skilled my entire profession and made weight, however my physique simply can’t make 130 anymore. My well being has to return first. I’m transferring as much as 135 in my subsequent battle.
— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) September 22, 2022
Conceicao will likely be compensated for the inconvenience, and can purpose to make Stevenson pay twice by taking the now two vacant titles.
Stevenson (18-0, KO9) is an Olympic medallist himself, after hanging Silver on the similar 2016 video games as his opponent this weekend. He has made nice strides as an expert, first changing into world champion in simply his thirteenth battle, taking the vacant WBO featherweight title in October 2019 with a wide points win over Joet Gonzalez. A transfer up in weight adopted, and after changing into interim WBO boss, he gained the complete title in fashion, as he thrashed Jamel Herring earlier than taking a masterful tenth spherical stoppage in October final 12 months. The 25-year-old was final out in April, and he made what ought to have been a troublesome take a look at in opposition to WBC champion, Oscar Valdez, right into a procession, dropping Valdez on the best way to a different clear factors win.
He now faces Brazil’s Conceicao (17-1, KO8), and the competition is prone to be a technical affair. The 33-year-old has as soon as beforehand challenged for world honours, additionally in opposition to Oscar Valdez, in September final 12 months, and he was aggressive in a points defeat. He returned in January, taking the unbeaten report of Xavier Martinez over ten rounds in a large win.
Prediction: Stevenson has been very spectacular so far, and is already an excellent technical boxer. His assembly with Conceicao is prone to be cagey within the early going, however I anticipate Stevenson to drag away after midway, and might rating a late stoppage right here.
There are 4 eight rounders on the invoice.
At tremendous featherweight, Henry Lebron (16-0, KO10) ought to take the win, however is prone to want the space to care for Andy Vences (23-3-1, KO12). 19-year-old Jahi Tucker (8-0, KO5) must also stay unbeaten, and might halt Jose Luis Sanchez (11-2-1, KO4) inside schedule.
Virginia light-weight Keyshawn Davis (5-0, KO4) ought to financial institution one other early win, this time in opposition to Omar Tienda Bahena (25-5, KO18). Orlando Gonzalez Ruiz (18-1, KO11) can come by unscathed in a factors win in opposition to Misael Lopez (13-1, KO5) at featherweight.
In six spherical motion, Bruce Carrington (4-0, KO3) can see off Jose Argel (9-4, KO3) at featherweight inside the space, and at tremendous bantamweight, Floyd Diaz (6-0, KO2) can take the battle of unbeatens in opposition to Eduardo de Oliveira Guedes Diogo (3-0, KO2) on the playing cards. At welterweight, Pablo Valdez (6-0, KO5) can take a stoppage win in opposition to Noe Alejandro Lopez (11-5-1, KO4).
The only 4 rounder additionally comes at welterweight, the place Antoine Cobb (1-0-1, KO1) can win his rematch in opposition to Jaylan Phillips (1-2-1, KO1), after they drew of their first contest.