25-year-old boxing prodigy Shakur Stevenson has his next bout lined up, as he’s scheduled to face fellow Olympian Robson Conceicao come early fall.
There were initially talks of Stevenson facing WBO featherweight champion Emanuel Navarrete, a bout Shakur was expected to defend his WBC, WBO, and Ring Magazine super-featherweight championships in.
However, negotiations for the bout fell throw, as Stevenson stated that Navarrete had “priced himself out”.
Nonetheless, Stevenson is set to defend his belts opposing Robson Conceicao on September 23, 2022.
This title clash is to go down live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Though not many know who Conceicao is, this is an absolutely incredible job of matchmaking, and we’ll tell you why.
Stevenson and Conceicao both had incredibly successful amateur careers; Stevenson stating “I know I had around 140-something amateur fights. I had 12 losses, maybe 13.” That’d put him somewhere around 127-13, while Conceicao went an astounding 405-15 prior to turning professional.
Stevenson went on to win both the Youth Olympic Games, as well as the Youth World Championships, both in 2014, while Conceicao placed in the World Championships twice, claiming a silver medal in 2013, as well as a bronze medal in 2015, and he also was awarded a silver medal at the Pan American Games in 2011.
What’s more, both of these talents made the Olympic team in 2016, Stevenson representing the United States, and Conceicao representing Brazil. Stevenson secured the silver medal in the bantamweight (118 lbs) division, and Conceicao won the gold medal in the lightweight (135 lbs) division.
Both also turned professional following their Olympic tenures, Stevenson making his debut in spring of 2017, and Conceicao making his debut at the end of 2016.
And, both Stevenson and Conceicao have fought 18 times as professionals.
There are really so many parallels going into this fight.
Stevenson has gone 18-0 (9 knockouts) thus far into his career, while Conceicao has gone 17-1 (8 knockouts).
Conceicao’s lone defeat came to Oscar Valdez in September of 2021, where he challenged for the WBC super-featherweight championship. This victory improved Valdez’ record to 30-0, before Stevenson defeated him, taking his belts earlier this year in April.
Stevenson aims to defend his WBC, WBO, and Ring Magazine super-featherweight championships in this 12-round affair going down in September. Who comes out on top in this 130 lb championship clash?
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