NEWARK, N.J. (Sept. 21, 2022) — Shakur Stevenson is 2 days away from the last word homecoming. The WBC/WBO/Ring Journal junior light-weight king will defend his belts Friday night towards Robson Conceição (17-1, 8 KOs) at Prudential Heart. Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, is a Newark native who’s preventing at house as a world champion for the primary time.
Earlier than Stevenson and Conceição took the mic, the Mayor’s Workplace of the Metropolis of Newark introduced Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) with a proclamation declaring September 21, 2022, as Shakur Stevenson Day within the metropolis. That was adopted up by particular plaque from Quitman Road College college students, Stevenson attended Quitman Road for elementary faculty, and the constructing sits lower than a mile from Prudential Heart.
Within the eight-round light-weight co-feature, U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (5-0, 4 KOs) steps up at school towards Omar Tienda (25-5, 18 KOs).At Wednesday’s press convention, that is what the fighters needed to say.
“Truthfully, I’m simply able to battle. I’m probably not targeted on the stress. I don’t care about all that. I’m actually targeted on placing within the work on Friday night time. I’m simply able to battle on the finish of the day. All I can take into consideration is preventing and performing. That’s every part that’s on my thoughts.”
“He’s a very good fighter. However I feel he misplaced towards Valdez. Should you left it within the judges’ fingers, then you definately misplaced. I fought Valdez, and I beat the s*** out of him. I don’t have any excuses. He’s speaking about having COVID or one thing earlier than his final battle. All I hear are excuses. I’m able to battle. Inform him to not have any excuses on Friday night time. I’m able to beat him up.”
“I by no means depart it within the fingers of the judges. I am going in there and take every part that I need.”
“It was very touching for me to be welcomed by my neighborhood right here. Sure, I perceive that Shakur is a local, however I additionally really feel proper at house right here.”
“I’m very motivated. I’ve skilled all my life for this second. The world was in a position to see that I used to be higher than Oscar Valdez. I ought to have gained. So, he’s probably not defending two titles as a result of one ought to have been mine. I’m a champion with out a crown, and I’m prepared for Friday night time.”
“Shakur is somebody that I actually respect. He’s a fantastic athlete. I can inform that he’s younger, most likely overly excited and speaks a bit of an excessive amount of. This coming Friday, there’ll solely be one champ, and that champ is me.”
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“That is what it’s all about. Shakur and Robson had their first skilled fights with High Rank. Now, they’re preventing for a world title on the large stage with tens of millions of individuals watching on tv and all through the world. You noticed beforehand all these younger males who’re preventing on the undercard. They are going to quickly take their place on these sorts of levels, preventing on foremost occasions. That is how boxing needs to be. Because of this I’m nonetheless round doing it on the age of 90.”
“Keyshawn goes to be Keyshawn and he’s going to have enjoyable in there. The expertise that Shakur and I’ve is extraordinary. We each get to indicate our expertise again to again. Similar to I mentioned final time in Las Vegas after I fought alongside him, the followers are going to be the winners on the finish of the night time. And that’s undoubtedly what occurred. We’re undoubtedly wanting ahead to simply giving the followers what they got here out and paid for.”
“Is he my hardest opponent but? I don’t know. I’m going to attend and see. I’m hoping that it’s a fantastic battle for me in order that I can continue learning and growing. I’m greater than ready for this battle each mentally and bodily.”
“I’m glad to be within the co-feature of an occasion of his caliber. I’m excited and glad to have the ability to come right here and do my job. What will we carry that could be totally different? Effectively, clearly expertise, onerous work and energy. We may also carry large surprises for your complete night time.”
“You all know why I’ve ‘The Heroe’ as my nickname. I labored 13 years in emergency rescue, doing totally different sorts of rescues internationally. Not solely in 2008, however in 2010, 2014 and the final one in 2016. They’ve been crucial rescues through which lives are in danger, the place we all know that we’ve got to go in there and work and the place we don’t know if we’ll be returning to see our households.”
“So, for me, that is about working, enjoyment and happiness. We’ve come to attain the upset and the identify of ‘The Heroe’ will ring as soon as extra.”
“Being on High Rank boxing is one of the best transfer that I’ve ever made. I’m glad to be part of this crew. The sky is the restrict, and I’m able to proceed proving myself. I simply need to step into the ring and showcase my expertise so that everyone can see what I’m able to doing. High Rank is the place to be for you to have the ability to showcase that.”
“I simply need to thank God for the chance to be right here. It is a testomony to all of the onerous work we’ve executed, and this Friday we’re going to indicate all of the onerous work. This implies the world to me.”
Friday, September 23
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Shakur Stevenson vs. Robson Conceição, 12 rounds, Stevenson’s WBC/WBO/Ring Journal Junior Light-weight World Titles
Keyshawn Davis vs. Omar Tienda, 8 rounds, light-weight
ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
Andy Vences vs. Henry Lebron, 8 rounds, junior light-weight
Bruce Carrington vs. Jose Argel, 6 rounds, featherweight
Pablo Valdez vs. Noe Alejandro Lopez, 6 rounds, welterweight
Jahi Tucker vs. Jose Luis Sanchez, 8 rounds, welterweight
Orlando Gonzalez vs. Misael Lopez, 8 rounds, featherweight
Floyd Diaz vs. Juan Hernandez Martinez, 6 rounds, junior featherweight
Antoine Cobb vs. Jaylan Phillips, 4 rounds, welterweight
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