Arising Friday evening in Newark, NJ, Shakur Stevenson will defend his unified 130 lb. world titles in a homecoming protection that he’s clearly been trying ahead to. Now, we’ll see if his opponent, Brazilian Robson Conceicao, can probably spoil his plans of an enormous weekend.
The fighters held their last press convention earlier than the WBC and WBO junior lightweight championships go on the line in the Top Rank Boxing/ESPN main event,
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From the Prime Rank launch,
“Shakur Stevenson is 2 days away from the final word homecoming. The WBC/WBO/Ring Journal junior light-weight king will defend his belts Friday night in opposition to Robson Conceição (17-1, 8 KOs) at Prudential Middle. Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, is a Newark native who’s preventing at dwelling 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 offered 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 college, and the constructing sits lower than a mile from Prudential Middle.
Within the eight-round light-weight co-feature, U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (5-0, 4 KOs) steps up in school in opposition to Omar Tienda (25-5, 18 KOs).
“Actually, I’m simply able to struggle. I’m not likely centered on the strain. I don’t care about all that. I’m actually centered on placing within the work on Friday evening. I’m simply able to struggle on the finish of the day. All I can take into consideration is preventing and performing. That’s every thing that’s on my thoughts,” Stevenson instructed the media Wednesday.
“He’s an excellent fighter. However I feel he misplaced in opposition to Valdez. For those who left it within the judges’ palms, you then 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 struggle. All I hear are excuses. I’m able to struggle. Inform him to not have any excuses on Friday evening. I’m able to beat him up.”
“I by no means depart it within the palms of the judges. I am going in there and take every thing that I would like.”
As for the previous world title challenger Conceição, who beforehand misplaced to Oscar Valdez in a slender determination final Fall, he mentioned Wednesday,
“I’m very motivated. I’ve educated all my life for this second. The world was capable of see that I used to be higher than Oscar Valdez. I ought to have gained. So, he’s not likely defending two titles as a result of one ought to have been mine. I’m a champion with no crown, and I’m prepared for Friday evening.”
“Shakur is somebody that I actually respect. He’s a terrific athlete. I can inform that he’s younger, most likely overly excited and speaks somewhat an excessive amount of. This coming Friday, there’ll solely be one champ, and that champ is me.”
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) returns to Prudential Middle following his dominant win over Oscar Valdez back in April. That’s when he unified two junior light-weight titles in a near-shutout determination. He’s a two division world champ having beforehand held the WBO featherweight title, as effectively.
As for Conceição (17-1, 8 KOs), he made historical past as Brazil’s first Olympic boxing gold medalist, and after his loss to Valdez in September 2021, he knocked off beforehand undefeated Xavier Martinez in a choice on the Prime Rank present in Tulsa, OK, in April. That has him proper again in a title shot developing.
Friday’s bout headlines on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)