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“I gave it my all,” Shakur Stevenson posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon. He had come in 1.6 pounds overweight on the scales a few minutes earlier at the weigh in for his scheduled Friday night battle with Robson Conceicao, who himself made weight easily. “I’ve been professional my whole career and made weight,” Stevenson continued “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.” After initially weighing heavy at Newark’s Prudential Center, Stevenson didn’t bother to get back on the scale, as is often the case in such scenarios. He was given two hours to cut the necessary weight. We’re Stevenson to refuse to do so, he would lose his WBO and WBC junior lightweight titles.
On Friday evening, the World Boxing Association released the following statement on social media: “The WBA Championships Committee, in another decision following the world title reduction plan, ordered the bout between Middleweight Super Champion Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) and his mandatory challenger Erislandy Lara (@Laraboxing) #GGGLara.” And so it appears that Gennady Golovkin, fresh off his one sided loss to Canelo Alvarez last weekend, is being ordered to defend his WBA middleweight title against Erislandy Lara, who is likewise being ordered to defend HIS WBA middleweight title against Golovkin. The WBA admittedly has too many titles, after all, and now it wants to streamline things a bit. There really should only be one titlist per weight division, after all.
Sometimes an article requires a preamble. This is one of those articles. The truth is that Boxing Insider can’t confirm what the pay per view numbers for the third Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin pay per view card are. The reality is probably that few people can. Since we’re not sure who those people are, or if they’d even provide the straight numbers rather than a PR spin, we’re keeping neutral regarding yesterday’s Twitter throwdown involving journalist Dan Rafael, Promoter Eddie Hearn, Promoter Leonard Ellerbe, and the DAZN streaming service.
“He said yesterday that I am fake,” Robson Conceicao said of Shakur Stevenson after the weigh in for their Friday night fight, “so he shows to the world whose fake – it’s him.” Conceicao was understandably put off by the fact that Stevenson, who held the WBO and WBC junior lightweight titles, missed weight for their bout by over a pound. The 17-1 former gold medalist also made it clear through his interpreter that he felt Stevenson was letting the local fans down, as the fight will go down at the Prudential Center in Newark, Stevenson’s home town. “He should give example for your hometown,” Conceicao said, “and that’s showing the opposite.”