SHAKUR STEVENSON was stripped of his WBC and WBO super featherweight titles before his showdown with Robson Conceicao.
The two-weight world champion, 25, failed to break the 130-pound mark in a dramatic weigh-in on Thursday.
Stevenson was set to put his belts on the line against Conceicao in his hometown of Newark.
But after tipping the scales 1.6 pounds over the limit, he was forced to relinquish his titles.
The scheduled bout is yet to go ahead, with only challenger Conceicao capable of snatching the vacant belts with a win.
Stevenson was given an extra two hours by the New Jersey commission to drop the pound and a half.
After failing to do so, he took to social media to announce he would switch to lightweight for his next fight.
Shakur tweeted: “I gave it my all. I’ve been a pro my whole career and I’ve gained weight, but my body just can’t handle 130 anymore.
“My health has to come first. I’m going to 135 in my next fight.”
Stevenson is 18-0 as a pro and won the WBO crown by defeating Jamel Herring in Atlanta last October.
He unified the division by defeating Oscar Valdez in April and is considered the world No. 1 super featherweight.
Boxing fans were quick to comment on the news that Stevenson had lost weight.
Some weren’t sure why he’d put up a fight at 130 pounds when he knew he’d fight to reach the weight.
While others rhapsodized at the prospect of another talented fighter making the leap up to the lightweight division.
One wrote: “Why pick up a fight with a weight you know you can’t handle?”
While another added: “No problem, just should have been announced before you step on the scale to alleviate the negative stigma of getting undressed because your body has outgrown the divide.”
And a third said: “135 bout to get real crazy bruh…”
Others were more supportive, with one fan saying: “Don’t kill yourself by gaining weight, your body is telling you not to. You’ll be just as great at 135 and you were at 130. It’s just boxing, it’s just a sport. “
Stevenson’s rise to lightweight will make a crowded division even more competitive.
He joins Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko and George Kambosos Jr. at 135 pounds.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6282430/shakur-stevenson-misses-weight-stripped-belts/ Boxing fans are all saying the same thing as Shakur Stevenson missed his 130lb weight and lost his belts