One of boxing’s young stars returns to the ring this Friday, as Shakur Stevenson completes his stint in the junior lightweight division against Robson Conceição. The event will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with the main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+. Shakur Stevenson vs. Robson Conceição: Live updates, round-by-round scoring, winner

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Shakur Stevenson and Robson Conceição face off on Friday in a bout for the junior lightweight title. We will update round by round.

This fight sounded a little off the hook at Thursday’s weigh-in. Stevenson entered the fight at 130lbs weighing 131.6lbs. He was given two hours to lose weight, but instead opted to vacate his titles. The fight is still on, but only Conceição can win the belts. Stevenson decided to move up to the lightweight 135-pound division for his next fight, and thus would vacate the belts even though he had gained weight.

Stevenson enters the fight after a dominating performance against Oscar Valdez in which he won the WBC and Ring Magazine titles by unanimous decision. The 25-year-old Newark native is entering what many consider to be his prime and will be looking to cap off his time in the 130-pound division with another dominating victory.

Conceição (17-1, 8 KOs) is no stranger to world title fights and gets his second opportunity to steal one. His only loss, came to Oscar Valdez in September 2021, Conceição failing to win the WBC super featherweight title losing by unanimous decision.

Shakur Stevenson will headline tonight against Robson Conceicao on ESPN at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The action begins for the main portion of the card at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Stevenson (18, 9 KOs) lost his WBC and WBO super featherweight titles on the scale Thursday after weighing 131.6 pounds. He says he tried his best to remove the 1.6 lbs, but he couldn’t.

As a result, both belts will be available for Conceicao (17-1, 8 KOs) to win tonight, but not Shakur. Boxing 247 will provide live updates and results below from tonight’s action.

Stevenson had planned to announce he would go to 135 after his fight against Conceicao, but after losing weight he announced his plans ahead of time.

“Once you’re sitting in the tub and you see 0.4, and you have a whole pound left, you know right away you can’t reach that weight,” Shakur Stevenson told ESPN at about his efforts to gain weight for Thursday. weighing.

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“I spoke to my grandfather; I spoke to James Prince and Antonio Leonard. Everyone agreed with me. I said to them, ‘I don’t think I can reach that weight. I put everything in my power.

“They were there with me for a game, so they could see the weight reduction process. They agreed with me and told me that I shouldn’t put my health at risk by trying to do something that really can’t be done.

“I know I did everything in my power to try and get to the weight. I just couldn’t. There’s nothing else,” Shakur said when asked if there was anything else he could have done to gain weight. “When your body doesn’t create sweat.”

“That’s how you’re going to lose weight with the water coming out of you. Well, I worked. I couldn’t have done anything else. I ran, trained and got into the hot tub. I’ve done so many different things while trying to gain weight. My life is more important,” Shakur said.

Shakur Stevenson vs. Robson Conceição drops Friday night on ESPN. In this fight, the undefeated Stevenson will play for his WBC, WBO and The Ring super featherweight titles against the former Olympic gold medalist from Brazil.

Stevenson comes into this fight as a strong betting favorite. Last time out, he handed Oscar Valdez the first loss of his career, taking the unanimous decision to claim the WBC and The Ring titles. The 25-year-old is considered the best super featherweight on the planet.

The only loss on Conceição’s record was a decision loss to Valdez in 2021, for the WBC title which Stevenson would later win. He was the first Brazilian boxer to win an Olympic gold medal, which he did on home soil at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.


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