hakur Stevenson returns to action tonight against Robson Conceicao in New Jersey. One of boxing’s most talented and vaunted young champions is back on home soil in Newark...
except he is no longer a world champion. That is because the ultra-gifted 2016 Olympic silver medalist sensationally missed weight on Thursday, tipping the scales at 1.6lbs above the 130lbs super-featherweight limit.
Stevenson was given two hours to lose the extra pounds, but declined and was duly stripped of his WBC and WBO belts, apologising to fans and insisting that he is no longer able to cut down to 130 as he targets his next bout up at lightweight.
That drama means that only Conceicao will be able to win the vacant titles at Prudential Center tonight, though that is an extremely tall order against an opponent of this caliber.Read more on standard.co.uk