Shakur Stevenson lost his two 130-pound titles at the scales, but he still cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Robson Conceicao on Friday in Newark, New Jersey.
Two judges scored the bout 117-109; the other scorecard was 118-108 for Stevenson, who floored Conceicao with a left hand to the sternum with one second remaining in Round 4.
“I killed myself to make weight,” said Stevenson, ESPN’s No. 9 pound-for-pound boxer. “He held me the whole night but I did everything I could. I think that he was doing a lot of holding whenever I got to the inside … He real awkward and he real tough, so he know how to survive.
“I was trying to fight. I wanted to stand there and beat him up. And he was grabbing and holding.”
Stevenson was stripped of his WBC and WBO junior lightweight belts on Thursday after he weighed 131.6 pounds, more than 1½ pounds over the division limit. Conceicao weighed 129.6 pounds and was eligible to win the two belts.
Those titles are now vacant, and the top two available contenders in each organization’s rankings will vie for the belts in the future.